This may be because the testing system is catching up with a backlog of cases.
Bolton’s coronavirus infection rate has reached a bleak stage, climbing to more than 200 cases per 100,000 people after dozens of delayed test results were announced.
This means that Bolton’s infection rate is now much higher than the highest rate in the UK, recorded in Leicester, where it reached 159.1 cases per 100,000 people on June 25.
There has been an increase in demand for testing in recent weeks, with schools reopening, many people returning to work and the virus appeared to spread faster again.
The government’s outsourced testing system has not been able to keep pace, with numerous reports of people unable to get home testing kits or make appointments at walk-in centers or with drive-thru.
The sudden surge in positive cases today, the largest since the introduction of local lockdowns on July 31, could therefore be the result of the backlog of testing cleared.
A more specific guide to the current overall picture is the infection rate.
This remains high in the ten boroughs of Greater Manchester and prices continue to rise.
Bolton has now passed 200 cases per 100,000 population, while Oldham is at 114.7 and Tameside 105.1.
Cases continue to rise particularly rapidly in Oldham, rising 72% week over week.
Rochdale is also now approaching 100 cases per 100,000 population, with a rate of 90.8.
Salford, Bury and Manchester remain in the ’80s but have leveled off from yesterday.
Wigan, Stockport and Trafford remain in the 1940s but again experience slight increases.
Nationally, there have been nearly 4,000 new confirmed cases in the past 24 hours, the highest daily total since May 8.
This means that Greater Manchester contributed around 14% of the total, far more than the region’s share of the total UK population.
The total number of coronavirus cases confirmed after testing in the UK since the start of the pandemic has now reached 374,228.
In addition, the Department of Health recorded 20 more deaths in the UK in the past 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 41,684.
Separate figures released by UK statistical agencies show that there are now 57,500 registered deaths in the UK, where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.
The NHS says it has recorded 11 more deaths of people who tested positive for the coronavirus in hospital in England.
The patients were between 69 and 98 years old and all had known underlying health problems.
The dates of the deaths were between September 11 and September 15, the majority on September 14.
This brings the total number of reported confirmed deaths in hospitals across England to 29,687.