Seven more people have now died at Royal Bolton Hospital after contracting coronavirus.

Figures released by NHS England this afternoon confirmed that the deaths of two patients yesterday, four patients on Monday, and one additional patient on Sunday had all been linked to coronavirus.

Seven people who died at the hospital on Sunday have had their deaths linked to coronavirus.

At least 183 people have now died in the borough after contracting covid-19, although this may rise as some positive results can be received days after the patient's death.

Figures do not include deaths which may have occurred outside hospitals, such as in care homes, where at least 56 deaths in Bolton have been linked to covid-19.

The new deaths have been revealed as Prime Minister Boris Johnson set a new 200,000 daily coronavirus testing target.

At his first Prime Minister's Questions since his recovery from coronavirus and the birth of his son, Wilfred, he said he “bitterly” regrets the covid-19 crisis in care homes and expressed frustration about problems supplying personal protective equipment (PPE).

Mr Johnson said his “ambition” was for the new testing goal to be met by the end of the month.

NHS England also announced 331 new deaths of people who tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 22,049.

As of 9am yesterday morning, almost 195,000 people across the UK had tested positive for covid-19, with 833 cases of the virus confirmed in the borough.