WARRINGTON Hospital has seen a slight rise in the number of patients it is caring for that have contracted coronavirus.

The news was confirmed by Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in its daily Covid briefing this afternoon, Tuesday.

At present, 18 beds at the Lovely Lane site are occupied by patients that have tested positive for Covid-19 in the past 14 days.

This is a rise of two since yesterday.

The number of patients receiving care in the hospital’s intensive care unit after catching the virus is five.

Warrington Hospital’s coronavirus death toll throughout the pandemic remains at 502.

Meanwhile, the number of patients that have been discharged from hospital after recovering from Covid-19 has risen by another three to 2,054.

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Across Warrington as a whole, more than 800 new coronavirus cases were recorded in the space of a week, according to the latest figures from Public Health England.

In the seven days leading up to July 8, which is the most recent period for which data is available, a total of 834 Covid-19 cases were detected in the town.

This equates to 397.1 infections for every 100,000 residents – the 61st highest rate in the country.

By comparison, in the week before July 1 there were 735 new cases in the borough – or 350 per every 100,000 residents.