The rate of Covid in Oldham is continuing to rise rapidly and at a faster rate then the national average.

The latest data from Public Health England shows that there were 65 cases recorded in the area today.

Over the last week there have been 378 cases, which is a rise of 89.9 per cent from the week before this.

Across the UK as a whole cases are rising at the slower rate of 58.1 per cent.

A total of 117.2 people per 100,000 in Oldham currently have the virus, which is more than double the national rate of 55.2.

Despite the rise in cases the town has only had one death in the last month which came within 28 days of a positive test for the virus.

Across the country there were 17 deaths today and the fatality rate is growing at 10.9 per cent.

The fresh cases in Oldham mean that since the pandemic a total of 24,050 in the area have been found to have the virus.

The latest data also shows that 130,904 people in the town have had their first dose of the vaccine, which is 67.5 per cent of the adult population.

A total of 92,427 have had a second dose, which is 47.7 per cent of those eligible.

Across the UK the vaccination rate is higher, with 78 per cent having had their first dose and 55.4 per cent have had their second.