MORE than 400 new cases of coronavirus have been recorded in Halton in the space of a week.

The latest Public Health England data on the rolling seven-day rate of positive Covid-19 tests showed 406 new cases for the period leading up to October 3.

This represents 313.7 cases per 100,000 residents, which is the 11th highest rate of any local authority area in the country at present.

The figures are based on tests carried out in laboratories and in the wider community.

By comparison, in the seven days leading up to September 26 there were 339 new cases, representing 262 cases per 100,000 residents.

The rate in Manchester continues to climb, with 3,105 new cases recorded in the seven days to October 3, the equivalent of 561.6 cases per 100,000 people.

This is up from 261.2 in the seven days leading up to September 26.

Knowsley has the second highest rate in the UK, followed by Liverpool.

The data from Public Health England for the most recent three days, October 4-6, has been excluded as it is incomplete and likely to be revised.