THIS is the number of new coronavirus cases 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 474 new cases for the period leading up to October 9.

This represents 366.3 cases per 100,000 residents, which is the 13th 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 October 2 there were 405 new cases, representing 313 cases per 100,000 residents.

Nottingham continues to have the highest rate in England, with 2,777 new cases recorded in the seven days to October 9 - the equivalent of 834.2 cases per 100,000 people.

This is a huge jump from 425.7 per 100,000 in the seven days to October 2.

Knowsley has the second highest rate, followed by Liverpool.

The data from Public Health England for the most recent three days, October 10-12, has been excluded as it is incomplete and likely to be revised.