It is 'too early to tell' whether the local lockdown restrictions in Bolton have had any impact as number of positive tests 'remain high', according to Bolton Council bosses.
Strict lockdown rules in Bolton, including closures of pubs and restaurants, and the prevention of households mixing, have now been in place for two weeks.
Any hospitality services that have remained open can only operate as takeaways, limited to a 10pm curfew.
The government has today (September 22) announced that a curfew would be brought in for pubs nationwide.
Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove commented that the rule is informed by evidence from places like Bolton, which suggest it will help to drive down coronavirus infection rates.
He said: "The steps we are taking here reflect some of the evidence that's been gathered from those parts of the country where these restrictions have already been put in place in order to ensure that we restrict social mixing."
But just a few hours after Mr Gove made the claim, infection rates in Bolton rose again to more than 200 cases per 100,000 people.
The measures in Bolton are also more stringent than those that will apply in the rest of the country, as people elsewhere will still be able to go to pubs and restaurants for table service sales before 10pm, wherein Bolton most pubs are shut entirely.
Now, Bolton Council has confirmed that it is too early to say what impact the local lockdown measures are having.
A spokesperson for Bolton Council said: “It is too early to tell what impact the additional restrictions are having in Bolton.
"Whilst case rates may appear to have plateaued in recent days, we need to be careful as this may not fully reflect the underlying infection rate.
"Other indicators, such as positivity, remain high. We are continuing to monitor a range of indicators on a daily basis to understand how the epidemic is progressing in Bolton.”
The coronavirus infection rate in Bolton now stands at 209.0 cases per 100,000 people, only slightly down on the 212 cases per 100,000 at the beginning of the lockdown on September 8.
However, the rate of increase has slowed and did briefly dip below the 200 mark before rising again today.
Bolton Council leader David Greenhalgh said that the measures will 'take time' to control the spread of the virus.
"I think it's going to take time to get the full lid on it," the leader told BBC Radio 4.
The leader credited local track and trace systems as a key part of cracking down on the Bolton outbreak.
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer raised concerns in the House of Commons today that despite local restrictions, the statistics in Bolton are still high.
He said: "A number of areas in England already have localised restrictions, including some that are very similar to those announced today.
"Pubs and restaurants in Bolton have been told to shut at 10pm for about two weeks. Leicester has been in localised restrictions for about three months.
"Yet the infections in those areas remain high. Can the Prime Minister be sure that the restrictions he's introducing today will be effective in suppressing the virus? And if they don't work, when does he envisage further measures might be necessary?"
The restrictions to pubs are not the only measures the Prime Minister has announced today, and more are expected to follow in an address to the nation this evening.