THE number of recorded coronavirus cases in the borough increased by 394 in the latest daily official figures.

Public Health England figures show that 394 more cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Wigan borough in the 24 hours up to 9am on Tuesday, October 27.

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

The area was placed under the highest Tier Three restrictions last week following an intense political row.

There have been 9,476 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the borough since the outbreak began.

The overall rate of infection in Wigan borough since the start of the pandemic now stands at 2,883 cases per 100,000 people, more than double the England average of 1,382.

Across the UK, the number of recorded cases increased by 22,885 over the 24-hour period, to 917,575.

​Wigan borough's cases were among the 195,127 recorded across the North West, a figure which rose by 5,322 over the period.

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