Covid-19 Update Oct 23
Oldham had 547 cases per 100,000 people in the week up to Oct20.
The average across England for the same period was 123.
There have been 232 new cases recorded in Oldham in the last 24hrs.
The city of Manchester had 312 new cases.
Towns across Greater Manchester are seeing hundreds of new cases each day - a trend thoughout the North West. As a result, we are now are under tier 3 restrictions to reduce the spread - but just short of a full lockdown.
Latest info from oldham council: https://www.oldham.gov.uk/coronavirus ►
The graph below shows the total number of cases since since April 2nd .Prior to the 2nd July the daily increase in recorded cases in Oldham had been fairly steady in single figures for 37 days, although we should note that testing was not being conducted at the level that it is now.
A total of 7638 cases of the Covid-19 virus have been confirmed in Oldham to date.
The RED line is the number of confirmed cases in Oldham.
The BLUE Line is the number for Manchester which has double the population of Oldham.
Graph starts 2 April and is updated daily.
Sources NHS & Public Health England, BBC
The latest advice from Public Health England and the NHS regarding the COVID-19 outbreak can be found here: Current NHS Advice ►
The town of Oldham ˈoʊldəm' covers an area of around 26 square miles (67 km2) and has a population of more than 230,000,it is the centre of the Metropolitan Borough of Oldham within Greater Manchester, England. It is situated beneath the Pennines between the rivers Irk and Medlock, 6.9 miles (11.1 km) northeast of the city of Manchester and 5.3 miles (8.5 km) southeast of Rochdale.
In medieval times Oldham made woollen textiles - but in the 19th century cotton was king. Oldham became one of the world's first industrialised towns and a prominent international centre of textile manufacture, it was said to be "one of the most important centres of cotton and textile industries in England" and at it's peak produced more cotton than France and Germany combined.
By the mid-20th century Oldham's time as "Spindleopolis" was over; with the town's last mill closing in 1998.
In the 21st Century Oldham has set it's sights on transforming the town into a centre for further education and the performing arts and many of the iconic mills and other buildings from the heyday of the cotton industry still survive they been repurposed as business centres and warehouses, while the old Town Hall has been refurbished as part of a major upgrade to the town centre and now houses a cluster of cafes and a cinema, with a new public space Parliament Square created alongside - in the place of a former bus station.