THERE have been 10 new cases of coronavirus recorded in Halton over the past week.

That is double the number recorded for the previous week.

The figures, complied by Public Health England for the seven days to August 30, are based on tests carried out in laboratories (pillar one of the Government's testing programme) and in the wider community (pillar two).

The rate is expressed as the number of new cases per 100,000 people.

Data for the most recent three days (August 31-September 2) has been excluded as it is incomplete and likely to be revised.

In Halton there have been 10 cases with a rate of 7.7 per 100,000 people.

This compares to five cases last week and a rate of 3.9.

In Pendle, 69 new cases were recorded in the seven days to August 30 - the equivalent of 74.9 per 100,000 people. This is the highest rate in England, and it is up from 58.6 in the seven days to August 23.

The rate in Bolton has jumped from 18.8 to 69.6, with 200 new cases.