Covid-19 Update Sep 18
There have been 59 new cases recorded in the last 24hrs.
Oldham had 113 cases per 100,000 people in the week 9 - 15 Sept.
The city of Manchester had 90.
The average across England for the same period was 16.
Prior to the 2nd July the daily increase in recorded cases in Oldham had been steady in single figures for 37 days. But the number of infections is rising once again - a trend visible thoughout Greater Manchester and some parts of Lancashire resulting in additional new restrictions to reduce the spread but just short of a full lockdown.
Latest info from oldham council: https://www.oldham.gov.uk/coronavirus ►
A total of 3514 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.