The number of positive Covid-19 tests has fallen across the majority of Greater Manchester’s boroughs for the second day running, according to the latest data.
However, the number of people dying from coronavirus in the region’s hospitals continues to rise.
This comes as it is revealed that hospitals across the region have requested military assistance as they brace for more pressure before the current Covid wave eases.
NHS bosses are said to be in conversations with the military about assistance with ancillary support such as porter work, admin and cleaning, as staff in those fields are hit by high absence alongside their medical colleagues.
The Royal Oldham hospital is said to be particularly struggling, as it has in previous waves of the pandemic.
In the week ending January 8, 96 people died within 28 days of a positive Covid test across Greater Manchester – 31 more than the week before.
According to the latest data from the UK Health Security Agency weekly coronavirus infection rates have fallen in eight Greater Manchester boroughs.
Only Bolton and Rochdale have seen an increase in cases in the last seven days.
Despite a significant fall in cases Wigan continues to have the highest Covid infection rate in the region.
The borough saw 7,649 positive Covid-19 tests in the week ending January 8, which is 829 fewer than the previous 7 days.
This equals an infection rate of 2,312.9 new positive cases per 100,000 people, a drop of 10 per cent from the previous week.
Salford recorded a slightly lower infection rate than Wigan having also seen a significant dip in cases this week.
There were 5,988 positive tests over the last week in Salford, 382 fewer than in the previous week, equalling an infection rate of 2,279.4 new cases per 100,000 residents.
Tameside has the third highest rate of cases in Greater Manchester.
The latest infection rate for the borough is 2,193.1 cases per 100,000 people. 258 fewer people tested positive in the area in the week to January 8 compared to the previous seven days, down by five per cent.
Rochdale and Bolton are recording the next highest amount of cases and are the only two boroughs to see a rise in positive tests in the past seven days.
Rochdale recorded 99 more Covid cases compared to last week, giving it an infection rate of 2,188.6 per 100,000 residents with Bolton 238 new positive tests resulting in an infection rate of 2,132.5 per 100,000 people.
Oldham is the only other borough to be recording an infection rate of more than 2,000 per 100,000 residents in the region, having recorded an infection rate of 2,012.8 in the seven days to January 8, a fall of four per cent.
There was a fall of three per cent in cases in Bury, according to the latest data.
Bury recorded 3,787 positive Covid-19 tests in the week to January 8, 126 fewer than the previous week, equalling an infection rate of 1,958.8 per 100,000 residents.
Stockport and Trafford have both seen a very significant fall in cases in the last seven days.
In Stockport, the number of cases is down by 16 per cent compared to the previous week.
This equates to 1,139 fewer cases for the borough – leaving the infection rate at 1,980.3 cases per 100,000 population.
Trafford saw a 10 per cent fall in cases, with its latest infection rate at 1,919.4 new positive tests per 100,000 residents, having recorded 507 fewer cases compared to the week before.
The lowest infection rate in the region is in Manchester, where the rate is 1864.4 cases per 100,000 people.
The borough recorded 10,361 positive Covid-19 tests in the week ending January 8, which is 516 fewer than the previous 7 days.
While Covid rates has fallen by six per cent across the region, it is still above the national average, which stands at 1,690 cases per 100,000 people.