The coronavirus infection rate has continued to rise slightly in Bolton ­— although it is still one of the lowest in the region.

The town experienced a spike in cases in late-April and early-May due to the spread of the Delta variant, however, this had been brought under control by June.

Data showed for a number of weeks that the number of cases and therefore infection rate was falling in the borough.

More recently it has showed rates to be creeping up again.

Bolton still has one of the lowest case rates in the Greater Manchester region, thanks largely to the work of local public health teams, NHS, CCG, and countless volunteers who helped to test and vaccinate as many people after the spike of the Delta variant of coronavirus.

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In the seven days to June 27, Bolton recorded 801 new positive cases of Covid-19, equalling an infection rate of 278.6 new cases per 100,000 residents.

This is an increase from the previous seven days, to June 20, where the borough recorded 711 new cases at a rate of 247.3.

The borough of Salford is now recording the highest infection rate in the GM region, having overtaken Manchester, with an infection rate of 479.5 per 100,000 people.

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Hyndburn is still recording the highest infection rate in the country as a whole, with Newcastle upon Tyne also seeing a significant increase in the past seven days, with rates of 608.3 and 519.8 per 100,000 respectively.

Greater Manchester infection rates

From left to right: name of local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to June 27; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to June 27; rate of new cases in the seven days to June 20; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to June 20.

Salford, 479.5, (1241), 335.7, (869)

Manchester, 476.1, (2632), 384.0, (2123)

Wigan, 442.1, (1453), 318.3, (1046)

Bury, 367.6, (702), 339.8, (649)

Oldham, 366.1, (868), 238.3, (565)

Rochdale, 353.8, (787), 254.9, (567)

Trafford, 345.5, (820), 265.0, (629)

Tameside, 324.1, (734), 234.0, (530)

Bolton, 278.6, (801), 247.3, (711)

Stockport, 255.6, (750), 204.5, (600)