A FURTHER 58 confirmed cases of coronavirus were recorded in Cheshire West and Chester over the weekend, according to the latest Government data.

The increase in the period up to 4pm yesterday (September 27) brings the total number of cases for the borough since the pandemic began to 2,605.

In Saturday's update an additional 30 cases were confirmed, while yesterday saw an increase of 28 positive tests.

The number of positive Covid-19 cases recorded in west Cheshire for the week of September 14-20 was 153, according to the Government data.

That puts the infection rate for Cheshire West and Chester at more than 40 cases per 100,000 people.

The figure of 20 cases per 100,000 is the threshold the UK's governments have used to judge whether returning travellers from foreign countries must endure a 14-day quarantine period.

Meanwhile, the Countess of Chester Hospital Trust has, to date, not registered a death of a patient testing positive for the virus for more than 10 weeks.

The total number of people who have died in Cheshire hospitals after testing positive for coronavirus stands at 728.

The Countess of Chester Hospital Trust has recorded 227 deaths (last recorded July 18), Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has recorded 214 deaths, the last on August 31; East Cheshire NHS Trust 146 (last recorded July 22), and Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 141 (last recorded September 19).

NHS England reported a further 37 deaths over the weekend, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 29,908.