MORE than 100 further cases of the Delta variant of coronavirus have been recorded in Warrington over the past week, new figures reveal.

But the UK Health Security Agency said the sharp increase in cases across England is thankfully not being followed by a similar increase in hospitalisation and death.

Public Health England figures show 1,201 cases of the Delta variant – first identified in India – had been recorded in Warrington by July 7.

That was 135 more than the 1,066 cases recorded by the week previous.

Those identified in the latest week were among 60,669 cases of the variant recorded across the north west, which remains the worst affected of England's nine regions.

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By contrast, the east of England had recorded 8,593 cases by July 7.

Across the UK, 54,268 more cases were recorded in the last week to reach a total of 216,249, demonstrating a 34 per cent increase.

Public Health England said the Delta variant currently accounts for around 99 per cent of cases that are sequenced in the UK.

Dr Jenny Harries, chief executive of the UK Health Security Agency, said: “The data continues to show that the sharp increase in cases that we are seeing is not being followed by a similar increase in hospitalisation and death.

“This is because two doses of the available vaccines offer a high level of protection against the Delta variant.

“Getting both jabs is the best way to ensure you and the people you love remain safe, so we once again urge everyone to come forward as soon as they are eligible.”

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Different Public Health England figures show that up to June 21, the majority of people admitted to hospital with the Delta variant in England were unvaccinated.

Dr Harries added: “As we approach the planned end of restrictions, we must remain cautious and careful.

“Cases are rising across the country, and while the vaccines offer excellent protection, they do not offer 100 per cent protection.

“Be sensible and follow ‘hands, face, space, fresh air’ at all times and make sure to get tested if required.”

Of the 216,249 cases recorded across the UK, 180,643 have been identified in England, 28,559 in Scotland, 3,666 in Wales and 3,381 in Northern Ireland.