MORE than 800 new coronavirus cases have been recorded in Warrington in the space of a week.

The latest Public Health England data on the rolling seven-day rate of positive Covid-19 tests showed 830 new cases for the period leading up to October 22.

This represents 395.2 cases per 100,000 residents, which is the 37th highest rate of any local authority area in the country at present.

The figures are based on tests carried out in laboratories and in the wider community.

By comparison, in the seven days leading up to October 15 there were 721 new cases, representing 343.3 cases per 100,000 residents.

The highest rate in England is in Blackburn with Darwen in Lancashire, with 1,131 new cases recorded in the seven days to October 22, the equivalent of 755.5 cases per 100,000 people.

This is up from 515.0 cases per 100,000 in the seven days to October 15, the largest weekly increase in the country.

Rossendale, also in Lancashire, has the second highest rate, followed by Oldham in Greater Manchester.

But the numbers continue to fall in some of the areas with the highest rates in England, including Nottingham, Liverpool and Knowsley.

The data from Public Health England for the most recent three days, October 23-26, has been excluded as it is incomplete and likely to be revised.