THE number of recorded coronavirus cases in Bury increased by 156 in the last 24 hours, official figures show.

Public Health England figures show that 21,833 people had been confirmed as testing positive for Covid-19 by 9am on Wednesday (July 14) in Bury, up from 21,677 the same time on Tuesday.

The health body recently changed the way it records the figures.

Cases identified through a positive lateral flow test – those which can deliver results within half an hour – will no longer be counted if the person then takes a PCR test, which is sent to a lab to be checked, and receives a negative result within three days.

These cases are now being removed daily.

The rate of infection in Bury now stands at 11,432 cases per 100,000 people, far higher than the England average of 8,084.

Across the UK, the number of recorded cases increased by 41,748 over the period, to 5,233,207.

Bury's cases were among the 763,978 recorded across the North West, a figure which rose by 6,203 over the period.

Cumulative case counts include patients who are currently unwell, have recovered and those that have died.