Coronavirus cases are rising sharply across the country, with deaths and hospitalisations also on the up.

While cases have remained relatively low in Bolton for some time, the infection rate has risen in the latest round of figures.

The borough as a whole is recording the lowest infection rate in Greater Manchester, but there is a varying story of cases across Bolton, with some areas recording few cases of Covid-19 in recent days, while some areas have seen a significant increase, according to Public Health England.

Horwich South with Middlebrook has seen by far the highest amount of cases in the borough in the seven days to October 14.

The Bolton News: The rate of Covid cases in Harwood (green: low, purple: high)The rate of Covid cases in Harwood (green: low, purple: high)

A total of 50 positive Covid-19 cases were recorded in the area during this time, 11 more than the week before, giving it an infection rate of 632.1 if taken as over 100,000 people.

Harwood's infection rate came in just under 600 per 100,000 at 594.4 per 100,000. The area saw 28 extra cases compared to the previous seven days, recording a total of 48 in the days to October 14.

Little Lever was the only other area to record an infection rate over 500 positive cases over 100,000 people after 21 more positive cases than the previous week were tested. Little Lever overall saw 54 new positive cases of coronavirus at an infection rate of 546.2.

However, there are still a number of places in Bolton that are recording some of the lowest infection rates in the country.

The Bolton News: The rate of Covid cases in Horwich (green: low, purple: high)The rate of Covid cases in Horwich (green: low, purple: high)

Burnden and Great Lever is recording by far the lowest rate of positive Covid cases in the borough. It saw just eight cases in the seven days to October 14, 13 fewer than the week before, equalling an infection rate of just 87.7 new positive Covid cases over 100,000 people.

Lever Edge, Tonge, and Central Bolton also recorded a low amount of new positive cases. Lever Edge saw 11 at a rate of 123.4, Tonge saw 12, six fewer than the previous week, at a rate of 127.4, and Central Bolton recorded 11 at a rate of 134.9 per 100,000 people.

Gilnow with Victory (174.7) and Rumworth South (178.5) also recorded an infection rate below 200 new cases per 100,000 people.

The overall infection rate across Bolton as a whole was 290 new positive cases per 100,000 residents.

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