A FURTHER 11 people have tested positive for coronavirus across the borough.

Latest government figures show that 2,218 cases of covid-19 have been confirmed in Bolton since the start of the pandemic.

The latest figures came as Downing Street confirmed that the UK would be first in line for a coronavirus vaccine developed by Oxford University and pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca if it was proven to be effective.

Reports claim Donald Trump is considering granting emergency authorisation for it to be deployed in the US ahead of the November election.

A Number 10 spokesman said: “We have been clear that we will only roll out a vaccine once it is deemed safe and effective by our regulators.

“AstraZeneca have entered into a number of agreements with other countries, they have the global licensing agreement with Oxford, but we have been clear.

"Once it has been found to be effective, we have signed a deal for 100 million doses which means the UK will get first access."

NHS Blood and Transplant is supporting a plasma trial to improve survival rates for coronavirus patients.