A FURTHER 15 patients have died in English hospitals after contracting covid-19.

Government figures published yesterday afternoon confirmed 15 new coronavirus-related deaths across England.

Although no new deaths were reported in Bolton, more than half of the new reports came from hospitals in the North West.

Three patients died in the care of East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust after falling ill with the virus, whilst two patients cared for by Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust had their deaths linked to coronavirus.

One patient from Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, one patient at Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and one patient at Salford Royal Hospital also died after contracting the virus.

No new case data was available yesterday, after 24 new cases were reported in the borough over the weekend.

As of 9am on Monday, 2,218 Bolton residents had tested positive for covid-19, an infection rate of 771 cases per 100,000 people.

The town is above the national rate of 501 cases per 100,000 people, with 326,614 people testing positive since the pandemic began.