The local authority now has the second highest coronavirus rate in the UK after Erewash in Derbyshire, where cases have partly increased to an outbreak at a local school.
Other hot spots include neighboring Bolton, Blackburn, as well as Bedford, South Northamptonshire and Sefton.
Andy Burnham, the mayor of Greater Manchester, has submitted a request to the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization that all over 16s in Bolton, as well as the rest of the Greater Manchester area, can receive a vaccination against Covid-19 “to mitigate the risks of spread in communities where we see more transmission”.
He suggested that the increase was partly linked to international travel from India.
Meanwhile, patrons of a bar in the northeast – Allard’s Lounge in Tynemouth – have been asked to take a Covid-19 test after a case of the Indian variant was linked to the locals.
Boris Johnson joined Matt Hancock, the health secretary, and Chris Whitty, the chief medical officer, on Wednesday to raise concerns about the variant.
The Prime Minister warned that new variants could “present a potential lethal danger, including that first identified in India, which is of growing concern here in the UK”.