OLDHAM has been overtaken on the coronavirus infection rate table.

The area previously had the highest infection rate in the country, but an outbreak at a sandwich factory in Northampton has pushed the borough into the second spot. 

With 226 confirmed cases in the seven days up to August 11, Oldham reported 112.2 cases per 100,000 people, nearly double the rate of 68.7 from the week till August 4. 

Northampton reported 260 new cases after the outbreak at the Greencore sandwich factory, a rate of 115.8. 

Blackburn with Darwen took the third spot, with 132 new cases, 88.2 per 100,000 people, a slight rise from 82.2 in the week till August 4.

In fourth spot Pendle, things stayed the same, with 78 new cases, a rate of 84.7.

Nearby Rochdale is seventh on the list, with an increased rate of 45.0, whilst Preston is eighth on the list, with an unchanged rate of 43.3. 

Manchester sits at number nine after a rise in cases (40.7 per 100,000 people), whilst Tameside is 15th on the list, with a rate of 33.1.

Salford and Stockport are at 16th and 17th place respectively, with Bolton in the 21st spot, and Trafford at number 24. 

Bury has the 30th highest infection rate, whilst Wigan has the 82nd highest.