THE number of patients that have tested positive for coronavirus at Warrington Hospital has risen.

This is according to the latest Covid-19 update released by Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust this afternoon, Tuesday.

At present, 29 beds at the Lovely Lane site are occupied by patients that have tested positive for the virus in the past 14 days or less.

Of this number, seven patients are in the hospital’s intensive care unit.

This is a rise of one patient in total since yesterday, while an additional two were moved to ICU.

Over the past 24 hours, five more patients have been discharged from Warrington Hospital after recovering from coronavirus.

This takes the trust’s virus discharge total to date to 2,159.

No new deaths attributed to Covid have been recorded, with the hospital’s death toll since the start of the pandemic remaining at 512.

Across Warrington as a whole, coronavirus infection rates continue to fall.

Data from Public Health England showed that in the week before August 12, which is the most recent period for which figures are available, a total of 670 positive cases were detected in the town.

This demonstrates an infection rate of 320 cases among every 100,000 residents which is the 98th highest rate in the UK compared with all other local authority areas.

The previous seven-day period up to August 5 saw 681 cases recorded at a rate of 325.2.

Of the 312 local areas in England, Warrington was among 203 (65 per cent) that have seen a week-on-week rise in rates, while 106 areas (34 per cent) have seen a fall and three are unchanged.