Cases are increasing but thanks to the efforts over the summer to get down to single figures, the level of infections is still below that of other parts of the UK.
Around 30% higher elsewhere in the UK.
Looking over the six months of the pandemic, the infection level has been 35% higher and the death level has been 45% higher.
Much has been achieved. We have an effective test and tracing system. We are well-placed to survive this.
Taking no pleasure in it but using it to judge our own situation we can see how the chaos and neglect of Tory government has allowed our neighbours in N W England to have nearly six times the infection level in a population less than twice the size.