A survey by the Scottish Government has estimated that 0.46 per cent of the population was carrying the virus last week, the equivalent of one in 220 people.

The figure for England is estimated to be 0.22 per cent of people, the equivalent of one in 440 people while Scotland’s rate was almost four times that recorded in either Wales or Northern Ireland.

Andy Burnham, the mayor of Greater Manchester, has stepped up his campaign for Ms Sturgeon to scrap her legal ban on travel between Scotland and Manchester, Salford, Bolton or Blackburn.

The Greater Manchester Combined Authority had earlier called on the Scottish Government to lift the Bolton ban today.

He tweeted earlier that

“It’s also clear that parts of Scotland have similar or higher case rates than Manchester & Salford.No one here is clamouring for other places to be banned. But we do want to see consistency & fairness in the way this policy is applied.”

In the seven days to June 20, Bolton recorded an infection rate of 246.2 new cases per 100,000 residents. However, the figure was 336.4 in Edinburgh and 381.1 in Dundee


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