Bolton has the highest level of people infected with the Indian variant which now stands at more than 450 cases per 100,000 population.
Sir Richard Lees, health and care lead for Greater Manchester gave a dire warning that Bolton General Hospital is dealing with extremely high levels of infections which they never saw during the first and second wave last year.
Bolton NHS Foundation Trust said that Monday was one of its busiest ever days in A&E, and warned hospitalisations with the new variant are rising.
The trust are dealing with the UK’s largest Indian variant surge and health chiefs are strongly urging everyone to take all measures to protect themselves.
The Trust said in a statement, “Yesterday was one of the busiest days we have ever had in our Emergency Department.
“People are presenting with a range of problems and staff are working very hard to ensure they receive all the care they need as quickly and efficiently as possible.
“However, we are also now seeing more people requiring hospital treatment from the effects of Covid-19, and whilst we have discharged a number overnight, today we still have 41 inpatients with Covid, including 8 in critical care.
“Going into the bank holiday weekend and half term, which is always a busy time for the NHS, we anticipate this pressure continuing.
“As such are taking urgent actions to ensure we can continue to manage this demand effectively.
“We urge the public to continue to take all necessary steps to protect themselves and others, follow the relevant national guidance, and to only attend our emergency department if absolutely necessary.
“Please contact NHS111 first if you are not sure which service is most suitable for your needs at this time.”