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New map shows the areas in Greater Manchester hardest hit by coronavirus

Some tragic statistics.

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The latest figures released by the Office for National Statistics have highlighted the areas worst hit by coronavirus in Greater Manchester.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has created an interactive map that reveals the number of deaths caused by COVID by region.

Sadly, Chadderton in Oldham and Higher Broughton in Salford have suffered the most deaths, with 30 and 28 coronavirus deaths respectively being recorded in each area.

The data shows the number of deaths between March to May in neighbourhoods in England and Wales where COVID-19 was mentioned as the cause on the death certificate. 

The maps show the scale of coronavirus across England and Wales, with the circle representing the number of deaths. 

As well as parts of Oldham and Salford, other areas have been hit significantly more than others as well.

There have been 24 deaths in Hyde South and 27 in Bredbury Green. North Farnworth in Bolton has had 22 deaths while South Farnworth has seen 9 coronavirus related deaths. Eccles has had 22 deaths, while Worsley and Swinton have each seen 19 deaths. 

While Higher Broughton has seen 28 deaths, Broughton Park has also been badly affected, with 23 deaths.

Despite the widespread tragedy these figures represent, the data also shows the areas where very few COVID-19 deaths have been officially recorded. 

There has only been one reported death in Piccadilly and Ancoats, and many regions have only three deaths such as Chorlton, Trafford East, Cheetham Hill, Hattersley, Woodley, and many others.  

The ONS reports also show that the number of people in England with COVID-19 continues to fall, and while the UK death toll has now passed 40,000, some hospitals are reporting no new deaths. 

Coronavirus can cause pneumonia and those who have fallen ill report symptoms such as coughs, fever and breathing difficulties. You can see more symptoms here

To continue to help stop the spread of the virus people can wear homemade and reusable masks.

You can enter your postcode below to find out the figures for your area:


Labour pledges to renationalise railways and hire thousands of doctors and nurses

The party’s shadow transport secretary said the conservative’s ‘disastrous rail system’ has ‘catastrophically failed us all’

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The Labour Party

The Labour party has pledged to bring the nation’s railways back into state ownership if it wins the next general election.

Speaking at the party’s annual conference in Liverpool today, Shadow Transport Secretary Louise Haigh said putting ‘failing private operators in the hands of the public’ would ‘improve services and lower fares’. 

Haigh added that the government’s ‘disastrous rail system’ has ‘catastrophically failed us all’ and turned railways into a ‘cash machine for companies and foreign governments’.

She cited the recent Avanti West Coast disruption as an example, slamming it as ‘the worst performing operator in the country’ over its long delays and service disruptions.

During its conference, the party also promised a recruitment drive for thousands more NHS doctors, nurses and midwives by reversing the Conservative party’s abolition of the 45p tax rate for top earners.

The scrapping of the 45p tax rate – which is paid for by those who earn over £150,000 a year – has received huge backlash from both Labour and Conservative MPs, many of whom say the move is only set to benefit the wealthy.

Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves said the billions of pounds saved on reversing this cap would deliver ‘one of the biggest expansions of the NHS workforce in history’, instead of handing financial rewards to the UK’s top earners.

She announced that under Labour’s plan, the money saved would pay to double the number of district nurses qualifying every year, train 5,000 more health visitors, and create an extra 10,000 nursing and midwifery each year.

She also said that the number of medical school places would be doubled from 7,500 to 15,000 to ‘make sure that everyone who wants to train as a doctor in Britain can’.

Reeves said: “Our priority is not tax cuts for the wealthiest few – it is securing our public finances and investing in our public service.

“I can tell you: with a Labour government, those at the top will pay their fair share. The 45p top rate of income tax is coming back.”


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Boy, 15, arrested after teenage boy stabbed to death outside school

He’s the second person to be arrested

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West Yorkshire Police

A teenage boy has been arrested following the murder of a 15-year-old on Wednesday.

The suspect, also 15, was picked up by police after student Khayri McLean was stabbed to death in Huddersfield.

He has now been arrested in connection with the murder.

He’s the second person to be arrested as police investigate Khayri’s death outside his school.

West Yorkshire Police said: “Police investigating the murder of 15-year-old Khayri McLean in Huddersfield have arrested a second youth in connection with the incident.

“The 15-year-old male was arrested yesterday and is currently in custody. A 16-year-old male who was arrested yesterday also remains in custody.

“Officers from West Yorkshire Police’s homicide and major enquiry team (HMET) are continuing to conduct enquiries into the death of Khayri, who died after being stabbed on Woodhouse Hill, Huddersfield, on Wednesday.”

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Kwasi Kwarteng scraps cap on bankers’ bonuses in first mini-budget as Chancellor


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Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng gave his first mini-budget in the House of Commons this morning.

He began by discussing the government’s plan to support people with the cost of energy, including freezing domestic bills at £2,500 and giving out the £400 rebate.

There’s also unit price limits for companies.

Kwarteng said he believes the UK needs a ‘new approach for a new era’ to achieve growth of 2.5%, saying the three important parts of his mini-budget are reforming the economy’s supply side, tax cuts and a responsible approach when it comes to public finances.

As part of this, the Chancellor announced a new bill to overhaul planning restrictions, saying this will ‘unpick the complex patchwork of planning restrictions and EU-derived laws’.

He revealed that benefit claimants will see their benefits reduced if they do not fulfil their job searching commitments.

Kwarteng also confirmed that the cap on bankers’ bonuses will be scrapped, following reports that he would make this one of his first moves.

As well as that, the planned corporation tax increase has been cancelled, and will remain at 19%, with the Chancellor also setting out a series of tax cuts for businesses.

This includes tax cuts for businesses in designated tax sites for 10 years, accelerated tax reliefs for buildings, and no business rates to pay for newly occupied business residences.

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