THIS is the number of new coronavirus cases recorded in the space of a week in Halton.

The latest Public Health England data on the rolling seven-day rate of positive Covid-19 tests showed 481 new cases for the period leading up to October 10.

This represents 371.7 cases per 100,000 residents, which is the 16th 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 3 there were 431 new cases, representing 333.0 cases per 100,000 residents.

Nottingham continues to have the highest rate in England, with 2,931 new cases recorded in the seven days to October 10 - the equivalent of 880.4 cases per 100,000 people.

This is a big jump from 510.7 cases per 100,000 in the seven days to October 3.

Knowsley has the second highest rate, followed by Liverpool.

The data from Public Health England for the most recent three days, October 11-13, has been excluded as it is incomplete and likely to be revised.