No new patient deaths at Royal Bolton Hospital have been linked to coronavirus.

Figures published by NHS England yesterday afternoon showed no patients had died after contracting covid-19.

The borough’s hospital has now seen 219 deaths linked to the deadly virus.

Over 286,000 cases of covid-19 have been confirmed across the nation, with 1,038 people in the borough testing positive for the virus as of 9am on Sunday morning.

The news came as a modelling study from scientists at Imperial College London was published, stating that lockdown measures across Europe may have prevented around three million deaths.

Scientists looked at data from 11 European countries up to the start of May, and found that lockdowns had a "substantial effect" in reducing transmission rates.

The study compared the predicted number of deaths in a model with no interventions, to the number of deaths predicted in reality to find that an extra 3.1 million people would have died without lockdown.

Scientists examined data from the UK, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, and Germany. Figures from Italy, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland were also used for the model.