THERE were another 61 cases of coronavirus confirmed in the borough in the latest daily figures.

There were another 61 people test positive for COVID-19 up to 9am on Monday, September 21 in the latest Public Health England data, up slightly from Sunday's figure of 54.

There were 59 new cases found on Saturday and there were 49 on Friday, 39 on Thursday and 52 recorded in Wednesday's numbers.

The health body includes in the statistics Pillar two tests – those carried out in the wider community – alongside Pillar one tests, which are analysed in NHS Hospitals or PHE laboratories.

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The borough was placed on a "red alert" late last week due to its rising rates.

There have now been 2,901 cases of coronavirus in Wigan borough since the start of the pandemic.

The total rate of infection in the borough since the start of the outbreak now stands at 882.7 cases per 100,000 people, higher than the England average of 610.5.

Cumulative counts include asymptomatic cases, patients who are currently unwell, have recovered and those that have died.