CHESHIRE West and Chester has seen its highest daily increase in confirmed cases of coronavirus since the start of the pandemic, according to Government data.

A further 185 positive cases were recorded in the latest update which takes the total number for the borough to 7,270.

The Government figures cover the 24-hour period up to 4.13pm yesterday (November 12).

The data relates to the number of people with at least one positive Covid-19 virus test result. If a person has had more than one positive test they are only counted as one case.

The infection rate for Cheshire West and Chester, in the seven days up to November 7, stands at 265.3 (910 cases) per 100,000 people, compared to 248.6 (853 cases) in the previous week-long period.

A majority of areas in England (218 out of 315) have seen a rise in case rates.

Hull has the highest rate in England, with 1,888 new cases recorded in the seven days to November 7 – the equivalent of 726.8 cases per 100,000 people.

This is up sharply from 436.5 cases per 100,000 in the seven days to October 31.

Oldham has the second highest rate, down slightly from 741.4 to 720.8, with 1,709 new cases.

Blackburn with Darwen is in third place, where the rate has risen very slightly from 708.1 to 715.4, with 1,071 new cases.

Areas recording the biggest week-on-week jumps include Scarborough (up from 172.9 to 465.3, with 506 new cases); North East Lincolnshire (up from 453.7 to 632.4, with 1,009 new cases); and Melton (up from 164.0 to 333.9, with 171 new cases).

The list has been calculated by the PA news agency and is based on Public Health England data published on November 11 on the Government’s coronavirus dashboard.