TWO more coronavirus deaths have sadly been recorded at Warrington Hospital in the past 24 hours.

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

It means that as a result, the hospital’s virus death toll has now risen to 541.

At present, 36 beds at the Lovely Lane site are occupied by patients that have tested positive for Covid in the past 14 day.

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

This is a fall of four patients in total since yesterday, although the number in ICU remains the same.

In the past 24 hours, a further five patients have been discharged by the trust after recovering from coronavirus.

This takes the hospital’s virus discharge total since the start of the pandemic to 2,396.

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Across Warrington as a whole, the number of new Covid cases continues to rise.

Figures leading up to October 15 show that 1,333 new cases were recorded in the town, demonstrating an infection rate of 636.6 cases among every 100,000 residents.

This is the 55th highest case rate in the UK among all other local authority areas.

The previous seven-day period up to October 8 saw 1,093 infections recorded at a rate of 522.

Warrington is among 323 of 377 local areas in the UK that have seen a week-on-week rise in rates (86 per cent), while 54 have seen a fall (14 per cent).