THERE are now seven cases of coronavirus in Warrington and Halton according to the latest Government figures.

The first person died on Thursday at Warrington Hospital.

According to the latest update published this evening, there are now more than 6,600 with the virus in England and 335 deaths.

The first case in Warrington was confirmed just under two weeks ago.

A 59-year-old man who had tested positive for covid-19 died in Warrington Hospital on Thursday.

It is understood that he had an underlying health condition.

Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust chief executive Simon Constable said: “We can confirm that, sadly, a 59-year old male patient has passed away at Warrington Hospital on Thursday, March 19.

“The patient had tested positive for covid-19.

“Our thoughts and condolences remain with the patient’s family and loved ones at this difficult time."

Figures for Warrington and Halton are combined because of a shared health authority.

The numbers are only those to have tested posted for the virus.