OLDHAM has the seventh highest level of coronavirus cases in the UK when calculated on the number of people with Covid-19 per 100,000 people in the borough.

In the last 24 hours, the number of people confirmed with the disease rose to 1,012. That is a rate of 429.5 per 100,000 of the population, according to government data - the worst in Greater Manchester.

It puts the town narrowly behind the renowned virus hotspot six-placed Cumbria, which has a rate of 430.6.

Top of the list is Sunderland with 1,356 with an infection rate of 488.8, followed by Gateshead at 983 (485.4), South Tyneside 719 (478.5), Middlesbrough 638 (453.9) and Brent 1,442 (435.9).

In Greater Manchester, the closest authority to Oldham in terms of severity is Bury, which has 675 cases at a rate per 100,000 of 355.1

Across the UK there are now 248,818 cases. Among those 35,341 have now died.

In the North West there are total of 23,937, with an average overall rate per 100,000 of the population of 328.3