ANOTHER patient has sadly lost their life after contracting coronavirus at Warrington Hospital in the past 24 hours.

The sad news was confirmed this afternoon, Wednesday, by Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in its latest Covid-19 briefing.

It means that as a result, the trusts virus death toll to date has now risen to 520.

At present, 24 patients at the Lovely Lane site are receiving care after testing positive for coronavirus in the past 14 days or less.

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

This is a fall of three patients since yesterday, Tuesday, with the number in ICU also decreasing by one.

Moreover, seven more patients have been discharged from the hospital since yesterday after recovering from Covid.

This takes the trust’s virus discharge total since the start of the pandemic to 2,247.

Across Warrington as a whole, Public Health England data has revealed a rise in coronavirus rates.

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According to figures for the week up to September 3, which is the latest period for which figures are available, 701 positive cases in the town were detected.

This is an infection rate of 333.8 cases among every 100,000 residents, which is the 185th highest rate in UK compared with all other local authority areas.

In comparison, the previous week up to August 27 saw 626 positive cases recorded at a rate of 299.0.

Warrington is among 255 of 377 local areas in the UK that have seen a week-on-week rise in rates (68 per cent), while 119 have seen a fall (32 per cent) and three are unchanged.

The highest rates are all in Scotland.