SIX new cases of coronavirus have been reported across the borough in the last 24 hours.

Government figures confirmed that as of 9am yesterday morning, the number of confirmed cases of covid-19 in Bolton had risen by six, up to 1,902.

Three new cases were confirmed on Saturday, with the number of confirmed cases jumping up by 11 on Sunday.

Since the pandemic began, Bolton has reported a higher than average number of cases, with the 18th highest infection rate across all 315 local authorities.

With 665.1 cases per 100,000 people, the borough fares worse than neighbouring Wigan, with 658.4, but far better than other Greater Manchester boroughs of Bury (684.9)Tameside (686.5), Rochdale (797.7), and Oldham (813.2).

No new deaths from coronavirus have been reported at Royal Bolton Hospital for 11 days, with the last patient death connected with the virus happening on July 9.

Currently, death statistics from Public Health England have been paused for an investigation into the statistical method used to collect the data.

So far, 226 deaths at the borough's hospital have been connected to the virus, although this number may be adjusted when the investigation is complete.