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Weekly Update

Confirmed Cases

These daily data sources help to indicate the current picture.  All data sources have biases and limitations. The earliest daily data sources available closest to the time of occurrence are government published figures on laboratory confirmed cases and deaths in hospital.

Numbers of lab-confirmed positive cases presented in this update include those identified by testing in all settings (pillars 1 and 2):

  • Pillar 1: swab testing for those with a clinical need, and health and care workers by Public Health England (PHE) labs or NHS hospitals. 
  • Pillar 2: swab testing for the wider population, as set out in government guidance, run in conjunction with Randox and Deloittes.  

The data relates to individuals who tested positive from 31st March 2020 onwards.

These data are from Public Health England and are published daily at and shows the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 amongst Bolton residents during the pandemic. Published data for previous days may change. Data on new cases are received by PHE from the labs daily, but will include results for tests undertaken in the previous days. Data for the last 5 days should be considered incomplete; they may be revised.

As the testing regime widens, increasing numbers of cases will be detected. Increases may be due to a true rise in the number of new cases and/or wider availability of testing. Prior to 10th April 2020, hospital patients have been the priority for testing, so data for this period reflects people who required hospital care. From 10th April 2020, figures for positive tests will also include positive test results for key workers. Further information around testing can be found at


The healthcare section presents activity data on healthcare services.

These data are from Public Health England and are published at and shows the daily count of confirmed COVID-19 patients admitted to Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, patients in at 8am and patients in hospital on mechanical ventilation beds in Royal Bolton Hospital.


Vaccines are a foundation of our way out of this pandemic and the best way to protect people from COVID-19, potentially saving thousands of lives. Since the emergence of COVID-19 there has been a global quest to find a vaccine. Thanks to historic funding and fast, ground-breaking research, to date, a number of vaccines have been approved by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), after meeting their strict standards of safety, quality, and effectiveness ( publications, 2021).

Rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine began nationally in December 2020. The vaccination chart below, shows the uptake of first dose, second dose and third dose/booster vaccinations by gender, by age bracket for Bolton. 

All data presented for vaccinations are for vaccinations administered in Hospital hubs, Local Vaccination Service sites (e.g. GP practices), and mass vaccination centres extracted from the National Immunisation Management Service (NIMS). All data presented are for vaccinations within the living population on the date of extraction and therefore removes both formal and informal registered deaths for the purposes of calculating vaccine uptake.

Hospital Deaths

These data are the total number of deaths of patients who had tested positive for COVID-19 at Royal Bolton Hospital during the pandemic to date. The data are reported daily by Bolton NHS Foundation Trust to NHS England and published at

The deaths are recorded against the date of death – which means previous data may get updated as records get updated. For this reason, we advise caution about comparison of numbers day to day. These data are incomplete and have not yet been subject to the verification, checking and coding processes undertaken by the Office for National Statistics.

They will include deaths to residents of other local authorities occurring in Royal Bolton Hospital, and will exclude deaths to residents of Bolton where the death occurs in another hospital. These figures do not include deaths outside hospital, such as those in care homes. The horizonal axes in the chart covers the time period from 2nd March 2020 to 30thJune 2020. This period has been chosen to help display the data clearly.

Local Analyses and Reports

As announced on 12/04/2022

The data and analyses that follow draw on ONS weekly deaths releases of the number of provisional deaths involving coronavirus (COVID-19) to Bolton residents.

These data are released weekly by The Office of National Statistics (ONS) and can be accessed here:

These data includes deaths from all causes and deaths associated with COVID-19, including deaths where COVID-19 is mentioned on death certificate (this can be confirmed test or based on symptoms alone)

The most complete source of data on deaths associated with COVID-19 amongst Bolton residents currently available. They should be considered provisional and may be revised.

Deaths from all causes in Bolton

Weekly deaths from all causes and deaths associated with COVID-19 and compared these with the average number of deaths for the equivalent weeks in 2015-2019 (the most recent 5 year period for which we have complete data)

Weekly deaths data for all causes and deaths associated with COVID-19 are sourced from ONS weekly release of provision number of weekly deaths involving coronavirus by local authority, as above

The average number of weekly deaths for 2015-2019 is derived from Primary Care Mortality Database (PCMD) sourced from ONS

Cases by age

The risk of hospitalisation & serious consequences from COVID-19 increases with age. The chart below shows the proportion of weekly cases that are from each age group in Bolton. 

Data is from UK Health Security Agency and includes Pillar 1 and 2 testing. Cases by age, are updated weekly to this website and are subject to change. All cases under the count of 3 have been suppressed.

Cases by ward

Ward data is from UK Health Security Agency and includes Pillar 1 and 2 testing. Cases by ward, are updated weekly to this website and are subject to change. All cases under the count of 3 have been suppressed.

Case rates are shown per 100,000 people for the 7-day period ending on the date shown. We calculate this by dividing the 7-day total by the area population and multiplying by 100,000.

This makes it easier to compare cases across areas of different population size.

The population used is the mid-2020 population estimate from the Office for National Statistics.


Bolton level analysis


Links to other COVID-19 guidance and data