THE Government is set to issue an update on when coronavirus lockdown restrictions will be lifted later this afternoon, Monday.

It will be given by new Health Secretary Sajid Javid following the resignation of former secretary Matt Hancock.

The Government had planned to lift all legal limits on social contact on June 21, but this was delayed due to concerns over the spread of the Delta variant.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said remaining restrictions will ease on July 19, but he has also promised a data review to see if this can happen two weeks earlier on July 5.

Ahead of this review in the House of Commons, we take a look at the coronavirus situation in Warrington at present.

How many new cases are being recorded each week?

Warrington is among the top 30 areas in the country in terms of its coronavirus infection rate, latest figures reveal.

During the seven days up to June 21, which is the most recent period for which Public Health England figures are available, the town recorded 438 new Covid cases.

This demonstrates an infection rate of 208.6 cases per every 100,000 residents, which is the 27th highest rate in England.

Comparatively, the previous week up to June 14 saw 349 cases detected at a rate of 166.2.

Warrington Guardian:

Separate Public Health England data has revealed that more than 200 further cases of the Delta variant of coronavirus were recorded in Warrington over the past week.

The figures show 603 cases of the Delta variant, which was first identified in India, had been recorded in the town by June 23.

That was 217 more than the 386 cases recorded the week previous.

It was previously reported that 92 per cent of all cases in the town are attributable to the Delta variant.

How is Warrington Hospital coping?

Admissions at Warrington Hospital due to coronavirus remain relatively low at present, latest data tells us.

This is testament to the progress of the town’s vaccination programme, which continues to advance at pace.

The latest update was issued by Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on Friday afternoon.

This revealed that 15 current inpatients had tested positive for Covid-19 in the past 14 days or less.

Warrington Guardian:

The number of patients who have been discharged since the start of the pandemic after recovering from the virus is 2,021.

Sadly however, the hospital has seen the deaths of 499 patients who had tested positive for coronavirus.

How is coronavirus impacting schools and education settings?

According to data published by Warrington Borough Council on Thursday last week, 35 cases of Covid-19 had been reported in education settings.

Education settings includes early years, private nurseries, pre-school, primary schools, high schools, special schools and further education.

The number of pupils self-isolating as a result after being classed as a close contact stood at 1,729.

How is the town’s vaccination programme progressing?

More than 80 per cent of Warrington residents have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, the latest figures reveal.

According to data from NHS England, 139,388 first vaccinations have been completed in the town, which is the equivalent of 82 per cent of the population aged 16 and over.

Moreover, nearly two-thirds of people in Warrington are fully vaccinated against the virus having received two doses.

Warrington Guardian:

Figures show 105,867 people had received both jabs by June 20, or 62 per cent of those aged 16 and over.

In total, vaccination teams have worked through 245,255 appointments for first and second jabs.

Despite the success of the rollout, some staff at care homes in Warrington have not been vaccinated.

The figures show 1,844 out of 2,146 eligible staff, including agency workers, at older adult care homes had received a first dose by June 20 – meaning 14 per cent have not had a jab.