THERE have now been more than 500 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Cheshire, according to latest figures.

Public Health England data shows a total of 535 confirmed cases in the county as of April 5 – 167 of which have been in Cheshire West and Chester.

Elsewhere, Cheshire East has 171 confirmed cases, Warrington has 122 and Halton has 75.

The number of hospital patients in Cheshire who have died from coronavirus currently stands at 59 – of which 15 have been recorded by the Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

A total of 19 deaths have been recorded by Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, 14 by Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. and 11 by East Cheshire NHS Trust.

Meanwhile, a nurse at Aintree University Hospital in Liverpool has died after testing positive for coronavirus.

Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust chief nurse Dianne Brown said: "It is with great sadness that I can confirm that Liz Glanister, a long-serving staff nurse at Aintree University Hospital, sadly passed away at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital on Friday after being tested positive for Covid-19.

"All our thoughts are with Liz's family at this time and we offer them our sincere condolences.

"Liz will be sadly missed by all those who knew and worked with her."