THE latest official update on the impact of coronavirus at Warrington Hospital has revealed another death in the past 24 hours.

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

It means that as a result, the trust’s virus death toll to date has now risen to 528.

As of this afternoon, 21 patients at the Lovely Lane site are receiving care after testing positive for Covid in the past 14 days or less.

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

This is a rise of one patient in total, although the number of Covid patients in ICU has fallen by one.

Four more patients have been discharged from the hospital since yesterday after recovering from Covid-19.

This takes the trust’s virus discharge total since the start of the pandemic to 2,297.

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Across Warrington as a whole, fewer than 600 coronavirus cases were recorded in the space of a week, according to the latest figures, as cases have fallen again.

A total of 584 new cases were detected in the town seven days prior to September 17, which is the most recent period for which data is available.

The cases equate to an infection rate of 278.9 per every 100,000 people, which is the 183rd highest rate in the UK.

The number of cases shows a fall from the 717 recorded in the week leading up to September 10 at a rate of 342.4.

Of the 377 local areas in the UK, Warrington was among 315 that have seen a week-on-week fall in cases (84 per cent), while 61 saw a rise (16 per cent) and one is unchanged.