BOLTON is earmarked for extra financial Covid support after being categorised as an area of "enduring transmission" for coronavirus Sky News is reporting this evening.

The news channel says that Bolton along with three other authorities including Blackburn with Darwen will receive support to help with winter pressures which are expected to be worse because of Covid-19.

It says the towns and cities will be categorised as areas of "enduring transmission" for the virus

The Bolton News has previously reported the Royal Bolton Hospital was seeing patients with 'winter viruses' in the summer.

According to Sky the package of support will centre around testing, support workplaces to be Covid secure as well as other measures.

Yasmin Qureshi, MP for Bolton South East says the news of extra funding to be released on October 22 has come as a surprise to her.

She told The Bolton News: "It would have been really helpful for the Department for Health to have told the MPs of their plans and to talk to us, the clinical commission group about the issues and for us to make representations.

"Is this just another headline grabbing gimmick. I will believe it when I see it in place.


"Bolton has had its challenges over the pandemic, we have people who have not been able to work from home because of the jobs they do.

"There is no information about how much money will be given, how it will be used and directed."

Ms Qureshi said that challenges over the pandemic had been exacerbated by Government cuts running into the millions and the shortage of clinicians, including nurses and doctors.

She said she would be contacting the department for health to find out more about the package.

Bolton recorded, at one time, the highest Covid infection rate in the country, leading to a mass vaccination and surge testing programme.

The borough was also under additional restrictions in a bid to the bring the rate down.

Although infection rate is rising again, the borough is recording among the lowest rates in Greater Manchester.

When The Bolton News contacted the Department for Health for a response, we were told it falls under the remit of the UK Health Security Agency, which said it could not comment on the report.