THE latest seven-day rate of new cases of Covid-19 for every local authority in England showed Bolton in 14th place.

The number of cases per 100,000 in the borough has gone up to 28.2 from 19.8.

The figures, for the seven days to August 7, are based on tests carried out in laboratories (pillar one of the Government’s testing programme) and in the wider community (pillar two).

The rate is expressed as the number of new cases per 100,000 people.

Data for the most recent three days (August 8-10) has been excluded as it is incomplete and likely to be revised.

In Pendle, the rate has jumped from 44.5 in the seven days to July 31 to 96.6 in the seven days to August 7. A total of 89 new cases have been recorded.

In Oldham, the rate has risen from 60.3 to 87.7, with 208 new cases.

Blackburn with Darwen is third, where the rate has increased slightly from 78.8 to 80.2, with 120 new cases.

Leicester has seen a slight rise, from 54.2 to 58.2, with 206 new cases.

Other areas recording notable jumps include: Preston (up from 34.9 to 40.5, with 58 new cases) and Burnley (up from 20.2 to 39.4, with 35 new cases).