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NEWS ROUNDUP: The coronavirus infection rate in Bolton is now more than 15 times the national average


1. The coronavirus infection rate in Bolton is now more than 15 times the national average. According to latest data from Public Health England, figures show the transmission rate in the borough now stands at 319.9 per 100,000 people. The national average for England is 21.1.

Since the rise in infection rates over the past few weeks, a number of pop-up vaccination centres have opened in areas with the highest infection rates, resulting in more than 6,000 people being vaccinated over last weekend.

However, despite the ramp up in vaccinations, there is currently no sign of the infection rate dropping.

2. Tameside residents are being urged to remain vigilant as 11 cases of the Indian variant have been confirmed in in the borough.

The B.1.617.2 variant is believed to be the dominant strain of coronavirus in Bolton, which continues to have the highest infection rate in the country.

Despite B.1.617.2 being identified in the borough, Tameside's Covid rate is a long way behind Bolton, and it continues to have one of the lowest infection rates in Greater Manchester.

3. The elder brother of the Manchester Arena bomber has demanded his evidence be barred from use in a criminal prosecution before he will appear at the public inquiry into the attack.

Ismail Abedi has previously refused to answer any of the inquiry's questions.

The 27-year-old from Manchester, claimed a general privilege against self-incrimination.

His lawyers have now asked the chairman to seek a formal undertaking from the Attorney General.

They want it to prevent the use of evidence by Ismail to the inquiry being used against him in any future criminal proceedings.

The application was opposed by lawyers representing bereaved families.

Twenty-two people were killed and hundreds were injured on 22 May 2017 when Salman Abedi detonated a bomb at the end of an Ariana Grande concert.

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