MORE than 500 new cases of coronavirus in Halton have been recorded in the past seven days.

The latest public health figures, for the seven days to November 15 show 562 people tested positive in the borough.

That is a slight increase from the previous seven days when the figure was 495.

It is a rate of 433.1 per 100,000 people, up from 381.5.

Data for the most recent four days (November 16-19) has been excluded as it is incomplete and does not reflect the true number of cases.

Of the 377 local areas in the UK, 324 (86 per cent) have seen a week-on-week rise in rates like Halton, 52 (14 per cent) have seen a fall and one is unchanged.

Torridge in Devon has the highest rate in the UK, with 642 new cases in the seven days to November 15 – the equivalent of 934.2 per 100,000 people.

Mid Ulster in Northern Ireland has the second highest rate, up from 428.3 to 819.7, with 1,221 new cases.

Causeway Coast & Glens, also in Northern Ireland, has the third highest rate, up from 510.5 to 812.0, with 1,177 new cases.

In the north west, Ribble Valley has the highest rate at 598.1 cases per 100,000 people.