CONCERNS about the number of new coronavirus cases in Swindon is worrying people in wider Wiltshire.

Yesterday the number of cases confirmed in Swindon Borough rose by 33 in just one day. It was also revealed that the town has had the tenth highest number of cases per 100,000 of population in the seven days to July 27.

Swindon's rate of 24.3 case rates per 100,000 in the last week puts it 10th, just below Manchester's rate of 24.5.

The number of cases in Swindon rose from 841 on Thursday to 874 on Friday afternoon.

In the rest of Wiltshire there were seven extra cases yesterday bringing the total in the area covered by Wiltshire Council up to 1,295.

No further deaths were recorded at Great Western Hospital and the amount of patients who died there after testing positive for Covid-19 remains at 125.

But people in Wiltshire are worried they may be affected by the spread from neighbouring Wiltshire. Devizes firefighters have already been affected with two having to self-isolate after coming into contact with a colleague in Swindon who tested positive.

There is also concern about people who live in Swindon being bussed to factories in Wiltshire for work.

One worried person said: "It is a cause for concern. It would put me off visiting Swindon to shop at the moment."