THERE are currently more than 100 coronavirus patients being cared for at Warrington Hospital.

The latest figures released by Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation showed that as of this afternoon, Monday, there were a total of 109 inpatients who had tested positive for Covid-19.

And 14 of these are in intensive care.

All of the trust's coronavirus patients are cared for at Warrington Hospital in order to keep Halton Hospital free from Covid-19.

During the first wave, the trust saw the total of Covid-positive inpatients peak at 124 on April 12, a figure it could reach by Friday if hospitalisations continue to rise.

Since the start of the pandemic, 159 people have died at Warrington and Halton hospitals having contracted coronavirus while 523 have been discharged after receiving treatment.

As of Friday last week, the town had the 23rd highest rate of transmission in the country.

The most recently available figures for the seven days leading up to October 12 showed that there were 733 new cases, or 349 for every 100,000 residents.

In the previous week, this number stood at 284.7 per 100,000 – with 598 positive tests in total.