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Tier 3 South Yorkshire’s infection rates compared to Manchester

Written by on 22/10/2020

Both Greater Manchester and South Yorkshire are heading into Tier 3 coronavirus restrictions this week.

From 00.01 on Saturday, households in South Yorkshire will be banned from mixing indoors and pubs and bars which are not providing a substantial meal will have to close.

Travel to and from the area has also been strongly advised against.

Given the soon-to-be imposed additional restrictions, how dire is the situation really in South Yorkshire and how does it compare to Greater Manchester?

Both have recorded a significant amount of new Covid-19 cases in the week up to October 17.

Barnsley has been dubbed an area that is “particularly worrying”, according to Sheffield City Region mayor Dan Jarvis. You can read about Barnsley’s infection hotspots here.

The local authority recorded 1,045 new Covid-19 cases in the seven days to October 17 – that is 392 more than in the week before.

This means that its infection rate now stands at 423.3 cases per 100,000 which is still lower than the infection rates reported in six areas of Greater Manchester.

Similarly, Doncaster and Rotherham have also reported an increase but Sheffield has actually seen a drop.

Sheffield’s current infection rate stands at 412.4 which is lower than in seven areas in Greater Manchester.

Doncaster, which has the lowest infection rate in South Yorkshire right now, recorded 1,005 new cases in the seven days to October 17.

The infection rate of 322.2 is still lower than the infection rates reported in eight areas of Greater Manchester – the ones lower are Trafford and Stockport.

In Rotherham, 998 new cases were recorded in the seven days to October 17 – the equivalent of 376.0 cases per 100,000 people.

This infection rate is still lower than the infection rates reported in seven areas of Greater Manchester.

Latest infection rates for South Yorkshire and Greater Manchester

From left to right, it reads: name of local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to October 17; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to October 17; rate of new cases in the seven days to October 10; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to October 10.

South Yorkshire

  • Barnsley 423.3 (1,045), 264.5 (653) ↑
  • Sheffield 412.4 (2,412), 471.6 (2,758) ↓
  • Rotherham 376.0 (998), 275.8 (732) ↑
  • Doncaster 322.2 (1,005), 217.7 (679) ↑

Greater Manchester

  • Rochdale 486.5 (1,082), 417.2 (928) ↑
  • Salford 461.7 (1,195), 391.0 (1,012) ↑
  • Wigan 459.4 (1,510), 401.0 (1,318) ↑
  • Oldham 447.5 (1,061), 390.5 (926) ↑
  • Bolton 436.4 (1,255), 323.1 (929) ↑
  • Manchester 426.0 (2,355), 484.0 (2,676) ↓
  • Bury 415.7 (794), 374.4 (715) ↑
  • Tameside 369.5 (837), 316.6 (717) ↑

  • Trafford 321.9 (764), 354.3 (841) ↓
  • Stockport 302.0 (886), 289.7 (850) ↓

The figures, for the seven days to October 17, are based on tests carried out in laboratories (pillar one of the government’s testing programme) and in the wider community (pillar two).

Data for the most recent four days (October 18-21) has been excluded as it is incomplete and does not reflect the true number of cases.

The list has been calculated by the PA news agency and is based on Public Health England data published on October 21 on the government’s coronavirus dashboard.