NO more coronavirus-related deaths have been recorded at the Royal Bolton Hospital – but the rate of new cases remains much higher than the national average.

NHS England data showed that 648 people have died at the hospital after contracting Covid-19 in statistics published this afternoon.

The last death at the hospital linked to the virus happened more than a week ago on Monday, April 26.

Across the UK, a further four coronavirus-related deaths have taken place in the previous 24 hours.

Up of 4pm today, 127,543 people have died within 28 days of a positive test.

In the UK, another 1,946 people have been found to have had Covid-19, according to the data.

In Bolton, an extra 44 people have tested positive for the virus.

A total of 26,399 people have been confirmed to have had Covid-19 in the borough, government data reveals.

In the week up to April 29, there were 199 new cases in Bolton, with the rate per 100,000 people in the borough producing a positive test being 69.2 up to that date.

That rate is three times higher than the UK average of 22.6.

In the UK, more than 50m Covid-19 vaccinations have been administered.

More than 34.6m residents in Britain have received first doses, while more than 15.6m have had their second jabs.