THE number of new coronavirus cases recorded in Warrington in the space of a week has shown a slight rise but is remaining steady, according to the latest Public Health England figures.

In the seven days up to October 12, a total of 733 new cases of Covid-19 were found in the town – 27 more than in the week up to October 11.

Where Warrington’s rate of new cases was said to be 336.2 per 100,000 people in the week up to October 11, the latest data shows that it has now risen to 349.

The figures are based on tests carried out in laboratories (pillar one of the Government's testing programme) and in the wider community (pillar two).

Nottingham continues to have the highest rate in England, with 2,945 new cases recorded in the seven days to October 12 - the equivalent of 884.7 cases per 100,000 people.

This is followed by Knowsley (716.5), Liverpool (680.5) and Burnley (584.8).

By the latest figures, Warrington is 23rd worst hit region for new coronavirus cases in the country.