One hospital in England had more coronavirus deaths last week than anywhere elseby Chris Kitching, https://www.mirror.co.uk/authors/chris-kitching/, Charlotte Green
More people died of coronavirus at a Greater Manchester hospital in a single week than anywhere else in the country, new figures show.
Tameside Hospital, in Ashton-under-Lyme, has seen fatalities rise as the rate of new cases continues to increase every day despite tougher local lockdown restrictions.
In the seven days to September 10, 13 people died of Covid-19 at the Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust (ICFT), up from five the previous week. The deaths are mainly among older people with underlying health conditions, the Manchester Evening News reported
Tameside is currently one of England's worst-hit boroughs. Its rolling seven-day rate of new cases of Covid-19 has jumped to 94.5, with 214 new confirmed cases, from 56.5 (128 new cases), according to the latest available data.
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A large number of people in their 50s and 60s are contracting the virus, resulting in a rise in hospital admissions.
Outbreaks have also occurred within care homes.
Health official said a majority of new cases in Tameside were being caused by "household transmission", and there was one "small" outbreak in a hospitality setting.
The North West of England has seen a resurgence of the virus in recent weeks.
Bolton had the highest seven-day rate of new cases (192 per 100,000 people) for the seven days up to September 10, according to data compiled by PA.
Two local authorities in Lancashire - Blackburn with Darwen (118.2) and Hyndburn (114.8) - had the second and third highest rates.
They were followed by Oadby and Wigston (114) in Leicestershire, and Preston (102), which is also in Lancashire.
Tameside's rate was the seventh highest in England.
Manchester also saw a sharp increase (up from 54.3 the previous week to 77.4, with 428 new cases).
At a meeting last Thursday, Jeanelle de Gruchy, the director of public health for Tameside, said local lockdown restrictions imposed on Greater Manchester "haven’t had the impact that we would have hoped".
She said: “Unfortunately every day is currently bringing a rise in the rates. The latest data suggests that the rate is going up really quite quickly now.
“We have got activity in the hospital which means that we’ve got an increase in over 65s.
“We’re a bit ahead of everyone else I think, so the increase in community transmission is very worrying in that it’s now impacting on our care homes and in older people in the community.
“And i t’s also unfortunately translating into deaths.”
She added: “We’ve had 13 deaths in the last seven days at ICFT and it is the highest number in the country. So worrying and of concern.
“Generally we’ve got a high death rate, and then also we’ve got a recent high death rate because of activity in the hospital in the last week or two.
“We also know that generally there are more people who are symptomatic because calls to NHS 111 have gone up, so it’s just a very worrying picture and it is spread across the borough.”
England's top ten hotspots
These local authorities have the highest rolling seven-day rate of new cases of coronavirus for the week up to September 10.
From left to right, it reads: name of local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to September 10; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to September 10; rate of new cases in the seven days to September 3; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to September 3.
1. Bolton 192.0 (552), 126.2 (363)
2. Blackburn with Darwen 118.2 (177), 61.5 (92)
3. Hyndburn 114.8 (93), 43.2 (35)
4. Oadby and Wigston 114.0 (65), 24.6 (14)
5. Preston 102.0 (146), 61.5 (88)
6. Warrington 98.1 (206), 29.0 (61)
7. Tameside 94.5 (214), 56.5 (128)
8. Sunderland 94.3 (262), 34.2 (95)
9. Oldham 91.5 (217), 66.6 (158)
10. Bradford 90.0 (486), 73.2 (395)
Cities recording sharp increases include:
- Sunderland (up from 34.2 to 94.3, with 262 new cases)
- Birmingham (up from 53.0 to 88.8, with 1,014 new cases)
- Liverpool (up from 32.9 to 85.1, with 424 new cases)
- Manchester (up from 54.3 to 77.4, with 428 new cases)
- Leeds (up from 48.4 to 69.8, with 554 new cases)