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Positive coronavirus cases rose in Greater Manchester last week, when schools reopened after lockdown.

For the week ending 12 March, cases increased from 88.7 per 100,000 people, to 96.5. However, testing also doubled in the same time period, as school-based lateral flow testing kicked into gear.

Andy Burnham, the mayor of Greater Manchester, said that schools reopening were a “significant factor”, but there “may be more complex reasons” for the increase in positive cases. He said his team were monitoring the situation closely in his weekly press conference.

Cases increased in seven out of ten of Greater Manchester’s boroughs, the majority of which are in the 16-29 age bracket.

In more positive news, hospital admissions in the region have dropped significantly, with around half the number there were a fortnight ago. There were 94 patients admitted to hospital on the 8 March, which is comparable to the admission rate in mid-October last year. On that date, there were 426 Covid-19 patients in hospital, 93 of which are in a high dependency unit or intensive care.

More than one million first doses of the coronavirus vaccine have now been given, amounting to 46% of Greater Manchester’s population. Roll out of second doses of the jab is also under way.


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Burnham publishes plans to tackle violence against women and girls in Greater Manchester

Andy Burnham, the mayor of Greater Manchester, has today published proposals to tackle violence against women and girls.

In light of the death of Sarah Everard and the urgency to address gender-based abuse, Mancunians are being asked to provide their feedback on the draft “gender-based abuse strategy” before going to a full public consultation in May 2021.

It comes as 36% of all violent crime in Greater Manchester reported to the police entails domestic abuse, while 80% of the domestic abuse cases that are prosecuted in Greater Manchester result in a conviction. This is higher than the national average, but only represents 1 in 13 incidents that are successfully prosecuted in England and Wales.

The proposals include funding for specific services and projects, training and development for frontline staff and targeted public engagement campaigns.

Burnham said:

We’ve been doing some serious long-term thinking about gender-based abuse in Greater Manchester for a while and we have deliberately brought forward our proposals for a new 10-year strategy because of the huge public engagement with the issue prompted by recent events.

It’s taken the tragic death of a young woman to begin a national conversation about how we can collectively tackle the abuse of women and girls – abuse that has gone on for far too long, attitudes and behaviours that go unchallenged.

I’m asking the public here in Greater Manchester to join our conversation and help shape our ambitious Strategy so we can do this together.


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