CORONAVIRUS cases have more than doubled in seven areas over the last week.

New figures reveal the number of cases reported in Bolton between January 5-11 rose to 1,102 – up from 999 the week before.

Breightmet North saw the highest number of new cases, with 73 residents testing positive, up from 34.

It was one of the seven areas that saw new cases double, including Gilnow and Victory, 51 residents infected up from 23, and Harper Green, 39 new infections up from 16.

Although the total number of case is rising, most of these new infections come from a handful of areas reporting a huge spike in infections.

The infection trend in each area was perfectly balanced – with 17 reporting rises, 17 reporting drops, and one area reporting the same number of infections.

However, the rate of decrease in new cases was much smaller than the increase, with just one area, Dunscar and Egerton, seeing cases fall by half.

The data has been extracted from a map, which uses figures from Public Health England to detail each confirmed case of coronavirus by Middle Super Output Area, sections of around 7,200 people.

All 35 of Bolton’s neighbourhoods have now reported three or more infections of the virus every week for four months