NEARLY 100 new coronavirus cases were recorded in Warrington in the space of a week, according to the latest figures from Public Health England.

A total of 96 positive Covid-19 tests were returned in the town in the seven days before June 3, the most recent period for which data is available.

This equates to 45.7 infections for every 100,000 residents, the 75th highest rate in the country.

By comparison, in the week leading up to May 27, there were 31 new cases reported in the borough – or 14.8 per 100,000.

Across England, 77 per cent of local authority areas saw a rise in transmissions between these two dates while 19 per cent experienced a fall and the remainder were unchanged.

Each of the 10 boroughs with the highest rates of new cases nationally were in the north west, with Blackburn with Darwen topping the list.

The other hotspots were Bolton, Rossendale, Hyndburn, Burnley, Ribble Valley, Salford, Manchester, South Ribble and Bury.