Oldham is now England's coronavirus hotspot after seeing a surge in infections.
The Greater Manchester town recorded 145 new cases of Covid-19 in the last seven days to August 9, official government figures show.
This means that there are 61 new cases per 100,000 people in the local area - the highest current rate in England, and above previous hotspots Leicester and Blackburn with Darwen.
The next worst-hit locations are Pendle and Blackburn, where the weekly rises were 58.6 and 43 cases per 100,000 people respectively. the Mirror reports.
It comes as two towns and once city were added to the coronavirus 'watch-list' on Friday, including Preston, Swindon and Bedford.
Preston was added to the list of places requiring intervention as the rate of new Covid-19 cases went up from 20.3 per 100,000 people in the week ending July 27 to 32.8 in the week ending August 3.
And in Swindon, Tesco was hit by an outbreak of coronavirus as the company confirmed employees were self-isolating - but the Wiltshire town is not yet part of a local lockdown.
There are now a total of 29 local authorities with labels ranging from “concern” to “intervention”
In Greater Manchester, and parts of East Lancashire and West Yorkshire, residents are banned from mixing with people from outside their social bubble in homes, gardens, and indoor venues, such as pubs.
Leicester was the first city to suffer a local lockdown when the government said unlike the rest of England it would not be allowed to open pubs, restaurants, hairdressers and other non-essential businesses on July 4.
New coronavirus lockdown laws carrying fines of up to £3,200 came into effect in parts of northern England earlier this month.
The areas affected are subject to the stricter new lockdown regulations - including a ban on people from different households meeting in a private home or garden following a spike in coronavirus cases.
Anyone found flouting the rules could be fined £100 up to a maximum of £3,200 for repeat offences.
The legislation imposes restrictions on metropolitan, city and borough council areas in: Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, Wigan, Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle, Rossendale, Calderdale and Kirklees.
The list in full of the 29 towns and cities on the 'watch list'
Blackburn with Darwen
Oadby and Wigston