HEALTH leaders in Trafford have emphasised the number of Covid-19 cases ‘remains very low’, despite a rise in the last two weeks.

Trafford’s director of public health put the increase down to a greater number of young people coming forward for testing and a change in the lockdown measures across the UK.

Coronavirus cases are still going up in Trafford.  Last week, most of the increase was seen in people under 40.

A council spokesman said: “Over the past fortnight we have seen a rise in Covid-19 cases in the borough. Overall however, the number of cases remains low but the increase is clearly a matter of concern.”

But the latest figures show that Trafford is now starting to see cases rise in people in their forties and fifties too.

The council and members of Trafford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are reminding people that they are still at risk from catching the virus.

They are encouraging everyone to practice social distancing, avoid gathering in large groups, and abide by the law by wearing masks in shops and on public transport, and washing their hands regularly.

Council leader Cllr Andrew Western said: “Rates of coronavirus are on the rise in nine out of 10 boroughs in Greater Manchester – including Trafford – and it is important that this situation is halted.

“Nobody wants more restrictions imposed on them, but it is important people follow the new guidelines. If we do, the restrictions will be lifted sooner. Social distance, wear masks in shops and restaurants and wash your hands properly at every opportunity.”

Eleanor Roaf, public health director, said: “The government has brought in these new restrictions to stop the spread of the virus. Although it is a disruption for us all, please remember what is at stake. I would urge everyone to continue to social distance, wear masks where the law says they should, and wash their hands as often as possible.

“Coronavirus has not gone away and we need to make sure we all work together to stop it spreading."