BOLTON's coronavirus infection rate has increased again.

NHS figures show 162 cases per 100,000 people in the latest week of information available May 2 to 8 May. The average area in England had 16.

The rate passed 150 earlier this week.

There were 467 new cases recorded in that week, an increase on 227 compared with the previous week.

More than 40,332 people in Bolton have had the first dose of the vaccine to May 2.

Surge testing has been under way in parts of Bolton since May 7, after Public Health England (PHE) confirmed the town is one of the main locations for cases of the India variant of Covid-19, which last week was reclassified as a variant of concern.

Cases of the India variant in England had increased from 202 to 520 as of May 7, PHE said, with almost half related to travel or contact with a traveller.

The majority of the cases are concentrated in two areas: north-west England, predominantly Bolton, and London.

Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham has submitted a request to the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation that all over-16s in Bolton, along with the rest of the Greater Manchester area, are able to receive a Covid-19 vaccination “to mitigate the risks of spread in those communities where we are seeing more transmission”.