The rate of Covid in Oldham is rocketing up – and the area has recorded its first death in almost a month.

The latest figures from Public Health England show that there were 76 cases found yesterday.

There have been 299 found in the last week, which is a worrying rise of 84.6 per cent from the seven days before this.

Across the UK as a whole cases are rising at a rate of 60.6 per cent.

The area also recorded a death yesterday which came within 28 days of a positive test for the virus.

It was the first fatality in the area since May 12.

There were 13 deaths across the UK yesterday, and there have been 72 nationwide in the last seven days which is a rise of 67.4 per cent from the week before this.

The rate of Covid in Oldham per 100,000 people stands at 91.5, around double the national figure of 45.8.

Over the last month the figure in the town has been below 30, so it has tripled recently.

The latest figures also show 40,573,517 across the country have now had their first dose of the vaccine, which amount to 77 per cent of the adult population.

Of these 28,227,362 have had the second dose to become fully vaccinated, which is 53.6 per cent of those the government is seeking to vaccinate.