A FURTHER 130 people in Bolton have tested positive for coronavirus daily figures released today reveal.

In total, since the pandemic began, 3,513 people have been confirmed as having contracted the virus, bringing the cumulative infection rate in the borough to 1,221.7 per 100,000 of population, more than double the England average of 580.

In Bolton the Kearsley and Stoneclough area is the area with the highest infection rate. Over the last seven days 51 cases of the virus have been recorded with the next highest area being Tonge, where 31 people have tested positive over the same period.

Throughout the UK yesterday 221,192 people were tested for Covid-19 and 3,991 people were positive, bringing the national total of people known to be infected with coronavirus to 378,219.

Throughout the country 20 people died with the illness meaning that, since the pandemic started, 41,684 people have lost their lives.

However, on a positive note, no one was recorded as dying from the illness at the Royal Bolton Hospital yesterday. In total 233 people have passed away at the hospital, but none since September 10.

Throughout the country 901 patients with Covid-19 are in hospital, with 115 of them needing ventilators.