THERE has been an increase of 23 new cases of coronavirus in the borough in Tuesday's figures.

Public Health England figures show that another 23 people confirmed as testing positive for COVID-19 by 9am on Tuesday (September 15) in Wigan borough.

This is in line with increases of recent days, with 30 recorded on Monday and 23 for both Saturday and Sunday.

Across the UK, the number of recorded cases increased by 3,103 over the period, to 374,228.

The health body is now including Pillar two tests – those carried out in the wider community commercial partners – alongside Pillar one tests, which are analysed in NHS Hospitals or PHE laboratories and which made up the first stage of the Government's mass testing programme.

The seven-day rolling rate of new infections in the borough stands at 48.1 per 100,000 people.

There have been 2,587 people now confirmed as testing positive in the borough since the start of the pandemic.

This is a rate of 787 cases per 100,000 people, higher than the England average of 574.

Cumulative case counts include all people who have had a positive test result, whether asymptomatic, currently infected or ill, those who have recovered and those that have died.