ALMOST 85% of people aged 55 and over in Cheshire West and Chester are estimated to have received a first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.

A total of 101,470 (84.2%) residents in the borough have had their first jab, according to vaccination statistics up to March 14.

The figures are based on provisional data from NHS England and use population figures from the Office for National Statistics, which are the best publicly available official estimates.

The local authority area with the highest estimated percentage is Telford and Wrekin (95%), while the City of London has the lowest at (57.8%).

Cheshire East has an estimated rate of 86.2% (122,072 people), while Warrington stands at 83.7% (55,896), Wirral 84.8% (97,742), and Liverpool 85.4% (110,104).

Meanwhile, the Countess of Chester Hospital Trust has once again reported no further Covid patient deaths in the latest 24-hour reporting period.

The last patient death sadly occurred on March 9, according to NHS England data.

Across England, a further 97 people who tested positive for coronavirus have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals to 85,585.

Patients were aged between 43 and 99 years old. All except five (aged 55 to 89) had known underlying health conditions.