Record number of Covid cases recorded in Wigan during seven day period

A total of 642 cases have been confirmed across the borough over the seven days up to and including October 1 – by far the highest in Wigan ever.

A total of 642 cases have been confirmed across the borough over the seven days up to and including October 1 – by far the highest in Wigan ever.

For the first time since April, no neighbourhood had fewer than three cases over a seven-day period – only the second time this has happened so far.

Of the 40 Wigan neighbourhoods in Public Health England’s data, 23 had their highest number of positive Covid-19 tests in the last seven days of September.

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Among them were neighbourhoods in Standish, Shevington, Golborne, Tyldesley, Atherton, Ince-in-Makerfield and Ashton-In-Makerfield.

But Pemberton South, Winstanley and Orrell and Longshaw had the highest number of cases in the borough in the week up to and including October 1.

A total of 42 cases have been recorded in Pemberton South during the period.

Winstanley had 34 cases, closely followed by Orrell and Longshaw with 32.

All three neighbourhoods had no more than two cases in any week period between mid-June and the end of August when the second spike started.

In Winstanley, no Covid-19 cases appeared in the data since mid-May.

Paul Kenny, a councillor representing Winstanley, is concerned about the rise.

He said: “Covid-19 does not discriminate and as we have seen it has cruelly taken the lives of far too many people.

“As restrictions were relaxed earlier this year, my fear was that we would see an upturn in cases.

“This virus has yet to be defeated and people must protect their health and the wellbeing of others by taking the simple steps that limit exposure to the virus.”

The spike in coronavirus cases comes as Public Health England confirmed nearly 16,000 cases had been ‘stalled’ in the national system for a week.

The unknown ‘computer error’ may have contributed to the sudden rise.

However, cases in Wigan have been steadily increasing since September.

There were a total of 394 coronavirus cases confirmed in the borough in the week beginning September 14, up from 152 cases in total the week before.

This was the highest total of any week period since the start of the pandemic beating the previous peak of 372 experienced in the week starting April 26.

But in the following week, starting on September 21, there were even more Covid cases were across the borough of Wigan with a total of 442 confirmed.

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