Top 10 coronavirus hotspots in England ‘have no tests available’

There is not a single coronavirus test available for people living in England's top 10 worst-hit hotspots, according to a devastating study.

None of the hardest hit areas are said to have walk-in, drive-through or home tests for locals, according to a damning report from LBC.

Included in the list are Manchester, Bolton, Rochdale, Blackburn, Bradford and Preston.

Salford, Pendle, Oldham and Tameside are also believed to have no testing facilities.

The study claims there are none available in the towns and cities on the first day of the Government's new laws prohibiting social gatherings of more than six people come into effect.

The site attempted to book tests from all of the postcodes, yet an error message was returned.

It come hours after it was revealed more people died from coronavirus at a Greater Manchester hospital in a single week than anywhere else in the country.

Bolton, also with currently no Covid-19 test available, had the highest seven-day rate of new cases – 192 per 100,000 people – for the seven days up to September 10, according to data compiled by PA.

Tameside Hospital, in Ashton-under-Lyme, has seen fatalities rise as the rate of new cases continues to increase every day despite tougher local lockdown restrictions.

Tameside's rate was the seventh highest in England. The UK's coronavirus hospital death toll has climbed by three, after a patient died in an English hospital and two fatalities in Northern Ireland.

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There were no Covid-19 fatalities in Wales, but 183 new infections were diagnosed.

Scotland also recorded zero deaths and 70 new cases while Northern Ireland reported two further deaths, and 109 new cases.

England's top ten hotspots:

These local authorities have the highest rolling seven-day rate of new cases of coronavirus for the week up to September 10.

From left to right, it reads: name of local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to September 10; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to September 10; rate of new cases in the seven days to September 3; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to September 3.

1. Bolton 192.0 (552), 126.2 (363)

2. Blackburn with Darwen 118.2 (177), 61.5 (92)

3. Hyndburn 114.8 (93), 43.2 (35)

4. Oadby and Wigston 114.0 (65), 24.6 (14)

5. Preston 102.0 (146), 61.5 (88)

6. Warrington 98.1 (206), 29.0 (61)

7. Tameside 94.5 (214), 56.5 (128)

8. Sunderland 94.3 (262), 34.2 (95)

9. Oldham 91.5 (217), 66.6 (158)

10. Bradford 90.0 (486), 73.2 (395)

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