THERE have been more than 900 new cases of coronavirus in Warrington in the past week.

The latest figures from Public Health showed 908 people tested positive in the past week.

That is 434 new cases per 100,000.

The stubbornly high cases saw Warrington Borough Council announce new closures to come into force from Sunday.


The figures, for the seven days to October 26, are based on tests carried out in laboratories (pillar one of the Government's testing programme) and in the wider community (pillar two).

Data for the most recent four days (October 27-30) has been excluded as it is incomplete and does not reflect the true number of cases.

Blackburn with Darwen continues to have the highest rate in England, with 1,150 new cases recorded in the seven days to October 26 - the equivalent of 768.2 cases per 100,000 people.

This is up from 635.3 cases per 100,000 in the seven days to October 19.

Oldham has the second highest rate, up from 507.8 to 703.5, with 1,668 new cases.

Wigan is in third place, where the rate has risen from 495.0 to 687.3, with 2,259 new cases.

Other areas recording big jumps in case rates include Charnwood (up from 315.3 to 494.5, with 919 new cases); Doncaster (up from 400.8 to 568.5, with 1,773 new cases); and Mansfield (up from 212.2 to 376.9, with 412 new cases).

The list is based on Public Health England data published on October 30 on the Government's coronavirus dashboard.