A SURGE of new coronavirus cases was recorded in Bolton yesterday, with 95 residents testing positive.

Figures released by Public Health England confirmed the new cases of Covid-19, bringing the total number of positive tests in the borough to 2,936.

Yesterday’s new cases were the second-highest daily cases, after 105 new cases of the virus were confirmed on Sunday, September 6.

More tests are being carried out across the borough in order to effectively identify and isolate those with the virus to prevent the spread.

New testing slots have been made available, and teams have been handing out home-testing kits in “key areas” across the borough.

Bolton Council consultant in public health, Nicki Lomax, said: “I know it is very frustrating for those who are finding it difficult to book a test for themselves or a loved one.

“This has been caused by an unprecedented demand at a national level and some delays in the supply of test kits.

“I can assure everyone that urgent work is being carried out behind the scenes to correct these problems and Bolton has been listed as a priority area for new testing kits.”

Additional testing allows people who have been infected, who may not be showing symptoms, to self-isolate and prevent any further spread of the virus.

If you display any symptoms of Covid-19, such as a new continuous cough, a high temperature, or a loss or change in your sense of taste and smell, you should immediately self-isolate and book a test.

Call 119 or visit the government website at gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test to arrange to be tested for Covid-19.