THE number of recorded coronavirus cases in the borough has increased by 321 in the latest daily official figures.

Public Health England figures show that 321 people had been confirmed as testing positive for COVID-19 in the 24 hours up to 9am on Thursday, November 12 in Wigan borough.

The health body includes Pillar Two tests – those carried out in the wider community by commercial partners – 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.

In the seven days from October 31 to November 6, Wigan borough had 1,897 COVID-19 cases identified, a rate of 577.2 per 100,000 of the population and the second highest rate of new cases in Greater Manchester.

This rate is higher than the regional one (North West rate is 370.6 per 100,000) and the national rate (England’s rate is 245.2 per 100,000).

The rate does not include more recent days' data.

The overall rate of infection in Wigan borough since the start of the pandemic now stands at 4,280 cases per 100,000 people, higher than the England average of 1,962.

Across the UK, the number of recorded cases increased by 33,470 over the 24-hour period, to 1,290,195.

Wigan borough's cases were among the 262,069 recorded across the North West, a figure which rose by 5,122 over the period.

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