Bolton has recorded one of the highest instances of the Indian variant – and subsequently has the highest rate per 100,000 population of any upper-level tier area in the UK at 152 cases per 100,000 people.
Only Erewash has a higher rate per 100,000 in terms of the lower-tier local authority classifications.
The number of Covid cases in Erewash has increased exponentially in the last week after an outbreak at a school at the beginning of May.
It is believed this rise in cases was due to the B.1.617.2 Indian Covid variant.
Research from the Wellcome Sanger Institute reveals cases of the variant were highest in Bolton.
Figures revealed 47 positive Covid tests in Bolton which were attributed to the Indian variant in the week up to April 24.
In the two weeks up to May 4, Bolton had the second-highest infection rate in the country at 158.9 cases per 100,000 people, according to Sky News.
Other hotspots include Bolton’s neighbouring borough Blackburn, with Darwen; which is said to have seen 19 cases which equates to 55.7 percent of the total cases in the area.
In South Northamptonshire, almost 77 percent of cases were found to be the India variant, while Bedford saw 53.8 percent, represented in 10 new cases.