THE number of new coronavirus cases recorded in Halton in the space of a week has risen above 450.

The latest Public Health England data on the rolling seven-day rate of positive Covid-19 tests showed 458 new cases for the period leading up to October 5.

This represents 353.9 cases per 100,000 residents, which is the 12th 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 28 there were 370 new cases, representing 285.9 cases per 100,000 residents.

Nottingham now has the highest rate in England, with 2,294 new cases recorded in the seven days to October 5 - the equivalent of 689.1 cases per 100,000 people.

This is a steep jump from 122.3 per 100,000 in the seven days to September 28.

Knowsley has the second highest rate, followed by Liverpool.

The data from Public Health England for the most recent three days, October 6-8, has been excluded as it is incomplete and likely to be revised.