WARRINGTON Hospital has confirmed that another patient has sadly died after contracting coronavirus.

The news was given by Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust today, Thursday, in its daily Covid-19 briefing.

It means that as a result, the trust’s virus death toll to date has now risen to 536.

As of this afternoon, the Lovely Lane site is caring for 32 patients that have tested positive for Covid in the past 14 days or less.

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

This is a fall of five patients in total since yesterday, while the number in ICU has fallen by two.

Moreover, four more patients have been discharged from Warrington Hospital since yesterday after recovering from coronavirus.

This takes the trust’s virus discharge total since the start of the pandemic to 2,373.

Across Warrington as a whole, cases of Covid-19 have seen a week-on-week rise.

In the week before October 9, which is the most recent period for which data is available, a total of 1,135 new cases were recorded in the town.

This equates to an infection rate of 542 cases for every 100,000 residents, which is the 58th highest case rate in the UK.

By comparison, in the seven days leading up to October 2 there were 836 transmissions detected in the borough – or 399.2 per 100,000.

Warrington was one of 295 local authority areas across the country that experienced a rise in cases between these two dates, while 81 saw a fall and one was unchanged.

The neighbouring borough of Trafford has the highest infection rate in the UK with 844.4 cases per every 100,000 residents.