The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has released the latest data to indicate which areas of Greater Manchester have recorded the most and the least coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths.
The data has been projected onto an interactive map feature.
The tool allows members of the public to input their postcode in order to access the latest local information for their area and show how many deaths were recorded in each neighbourhood of Greater Manchester from March to June.
Thousands of lives have sadly been claimed due to coronavirus (COVID-19) across Greater Manchester, yet this new data reveals that certain areas of our region have escaped without any, or very few deaths.
According to this data, the lowest recorded COVID-related mortality rate appears to be in Manchester city centre. No deaths were recorded at all in Castlefield and Deansgate, University North and Whitworth Street, and the City Centre North and Collyhurst.
Just one death was recorded in Piccadilly and Ancoats in April.
Each of the above mentioned areas are known to be largely populated by young professionals living in apartment blocks.
Other areas outside of the city centre that appear to have low figures recorded include Withington East in South Manchester, Swinton South East and Pendlebury West in Salford, and South Reddish and Heaton Norris in Stockport – all of which recorded just one death each.
These are all noted to be significantly lower figures than in some neighbouring areas.
On the other end of the spectrum, it appears that Chadderton in Oldham, Leigh East in Wigan, and Higher Broughton in Salford have all been hardest hit by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Greater Manchester, with a total of 31 COVID-related deaths recorded in each area involving over the three month period.
Bredbury Green in Stockport had the fourth highest rate in the region, with a total of 27 deaths recorded since March.
Hyde South recorded 26 deaths, and Broughton Park in Salford also recorded 25.
Officials from the Department of Health and Social Care have previously confirmed that the number of COVID-related deaths has been “falling steadily”since mid-April.
According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), this interactive map will be continuously updated as matters progress and the next update is to be expected in early September.
This will be to include deaths occurring in July 2020.
To check the latest figures and information for your area, you can input your postcode via the Office for National Statistics (ONS) website here.
For further information and guidance amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, do refer to official sources via gov.uk/coronavirus.
Eurovision 2023 grand final to be screened live in cinemas across the UK
The grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest is to be screened live in cinemas across the UK for the first time ever.
With fans from across the globe set to descend on Liverpool in a couple of months time as the UK hosts the 2023 edition of the world’s biggest song competition on behalf of last year’s winners Ukraine, those who weren’t lucky enough to secure tickets will instead by able to head to their nearest cinema to experience the action on the big screen.
Distributor CinemaLive has announced it will be broadcasting the Eurovision grand final show live in cinemas nationwide for the first time ever.
It means that Eurovision fans up and down the country who missed out on grabbing tickets to the final – which sold out in under 40 minutes after going on sale earlier this month – will be able to come together to celebrate what is set to be the “biggest, brightest, boldest music party of the year”.
500 cinemas across the UK, including several here in Greater Manchester, will be screening the grand final on Saturday 13 May.
Vue, Odeon, Cineworld, and Everyman are just some of the cinema chains taking part.
Vue Manchester Printworks, Odeon Great Northern, and Everyman Manchester are the Manchester city centre venues lined-up to screen the event – with cinemas in the The Lowry Outlet Mall, Trafford Centre, Didsbury, Heaton Moor, Ashton-under-Lyne, Bolton, and more also set to welcome Eurovision fans through their doors.
Event organisers say the screenings will encourage singalongs and fancy dress.
“We’re delighted to be working with the BBC to bring Eurovision’s grand final live into cinemas across the UK for the first time ever,” said John Travers from CinemaLive.
“We want audiences to enjoy themselves, so get your fancy dress on, and come together to enjoy this historic occasion on the big screen.”
With an illustrious entertainment career spanning over four decades, O’Grady may have been most well-known and loved by British audiences as a comedian, presenter, broadcaster, actor, writer, and the former drag queen Lily Savage – but he was also one of the nation’s most-famous dog lovers and animal rights advocates.
O’Grady was a longtime supporter and Ambassador of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, and helped raise the profile of the shelter to millions around the world through the hugely-popular ITV series Paul O’Grady: For The Love of Dogs.
Battersea says there’s “no doubting” that O’Grady’s influence has helped thousands of rescue animals find new homes over the years.
Over several series of the show, O’Grady would make an effort to spend quality time with these animals and show-off all of their quirks and loveable qualities, which went a long way to proving that rescue animals “really are the best pets”.
Paying an emotional tribute to O’Grady following his passing today, Peter Laurie – Chief Executive of Battersea – said: “To many, Paul O’Grady was the immensely popular TV and radio presenter and comedian who lit up their screens with his razor-sharp humour and perpetual generosity and warmth [but] Battersea will forever remember Paul as a devoted animal lover with the biggest heart, who fell head over heels in love with every dog he met at our centres.
“Paul will always be associated with Battersea and we are truly saddened to have lost such a true friend and huge part of our charity.
“Paul had an extremely hands on approach as a Battersea Ambassador and has been fundamental in helping our charity to communicate important campaign messages.
“He was a champion for the underdog and would do anything to ensure all animals live a healthy and happy life.
“He will be dearly missed.”
Since the news of O’Grady’s passing was announced, touching tributes have been pouring in in their hundreds from right across the world of entertainment and on social media.
Countless famous names have shared supportive messages and memories.
Emotional tributes to O’Grady have been flooding in all morning, both from those who knew and had worked with him in the past, and from those who admired his work and all that he achieved and had stood for throughout his respected career.