THE amount of positive coronavirus cases recorded in Halton in the space of a week has slightly fallen according to the latest figures.

The latest Public Health England data on the rolling seven-day rate of positive Covid-19 tests showed 327 new cases for the period leading up to November 5.

This represents 252.7 cases per 100,000 residents, which is the 107th 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 29 there were 387 new cases, representing 299 cases per 100,000 residents.

Oldham continues to have the highest rate in England, with 1,835 new cases recorded in the seven days to November 5 - the equivalent of 773.9 cases per 100,000 people.

This is up from 698.8 cases per 100,000 in the seven days to October 29.

Blackburn with Darwen has the second highest rate, followed by Hull.

The data from Public Health England for the most recent three days, November 6-9, has been excluded as it is incomplete and does not reflect the true number of cases.