THE borough saw more than 1,000 cases of coronavirus recorded in the week between Christmas and New Year, according to the council's latest Covid tracker.

The local authority says that in the seven days between Boxing Day, December 26 and New Year's Day, January 1, Wigan borough had 1,166 new cases identified.

This equates to a rate of 354.8 per 100,000 of the population.

The borough has the second highest rate of new cases of the 10 Greater Manchester areas.

The rate is lower than seen regionally (the North West’s overall rate is 419.0 per 100,000) and nationally (England’s rate is 572.1 per 100,000).

Wigan borough’s rate has increased for the latest two weeks, as have regional and national rates.

This rate does not include data from the most recent days, which may be incomplete.

Public Health England figures state that there were 166 positive COVID-19 cases recorded on January 6.

Meanwhile, the tracker adds that there have been 21 COVID-19 death registered in Wigan borough in the week ending December 25, which is the same amount as the previous week.