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Coronavirus cases falling - but people suffering long Covid at almost 2 MILLION

Coronavirus infection rates have fallen in all ten boroughs of Greater Manchester. Salford now has the highest coronavirus infection rate in Greater Manchester, replacing Stockport.

Hospital admissions and deaths have also fallen in the region. However, other impacts of Covid-19 are now being felt on a mass scale, reports the Office of National Statistics in new data.

An estimated 1.8 million people - translating to 2.8 per cent of the population - had reported experiencing long Covid symptoms as of July 2, 2022. Of those, 81 per cent reported experiencing long Covid symptoms at least 12 weeks after first having suspected coronavirus and 43 per cent at least one year after.

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Symptoms adversely affected the day-to-day activities of 1.3 million people (72 per cent) of those with self-reported long Covid. The most common long Covid symptoms were fatigue (54 per cent), shortness of breath (31 per cent), loss of smell (23 per cent) and muscle ache (22 per cent).

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Back in Greater Manchester, Salford recorded a rate of 127.5 cases per 100,000 people in the week ending July 30, according to the latest data from the UK Health Security Agency.

The lowest infection rate is in Rochdale, where the rate is 78.2 cases per 100,000 people.

In Greater Manchester as a whole, the infection rate is now 101.8 cases per 100,000 population. The infection rate in the region is lower than the national average, which is 110.9 cases per 100,000 people.

A total of 2,888 people tested positive for coronavirus across Greater Manchester in the week which ended on July

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