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Coronavirus rates among young children have hit record high levels in Greater Manchester

Coronavirus rates among young children in Greater Manchester have reached record levels.

Infections among five to nine year olds are at at all-time high in seven of the region's borough's and are still on the rise.

While older age groups have seen a slump in cases, the spike among children - with rates also high among 0-4 year olds - is now bringing overall infection rates back up.

Tameside has the highest rate among the five to nine year olds, at 2448.9 cases a week per 100,000 population (up to January 19). The second highest is Bolton, with a rate of 1773.5 per 100,000.

Last Monday saw 682 cases reported for that age group, the highest daily total reported during the pandemic.

The seven boroughs with record levels for ages five to nine are:

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In Rochdale, Oldham and Bury, rates are very high in the same age group, but slightly lower than the peak rates.

The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show that across the UK, from January 15, the percentage of people testing positive decreased in all age groups except those aged 2 years to school Year 6.

And it comes as school attendance figures published today (Tuesday) show that in England, one out of every eight pupils were off last Thursday, and staffing problems are worsening, with a quarter of schools seeing teachers and leaders' absence rates above 15%.

While paediatricians are not reporting Omicron to be a more serious or severe disease in children and young people in the UK - and it's reassuring that very few children and young people admitted to hospital with Omicron are needing paediatric intensive care - the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health says 'we cannot be complacent'.

And for many schools and families, it's about

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