IT has now been one week since the last Covid patient sadly died at a Cheshire hospital.

Latest figures show that for another day running, there were no Covid patient deaths recorded in any Cheshire hospital, as another encouraging sign that the area is emerging from the pandemic.

The last coronavirus patient death was recorded at Warrington and Halton Hospital Trust on March 24, with the last Countess of Chester Hospital Trust Covid patient death recorded on March 22.

The total number of Covid-19 patient deaths recorded in Cheshire's hospital trusts since the coronavirus pandemic began is:

  • Countess of Chester: 612
  • East Cheshire: 328
  • Mid Cheshire: 476
  • Warrington & Halton: 478
  • Total: 1,894

Cheshire west's infection rate has stabilised in recent weeks at just over 60, which is slightly above the national average.

The infection rate for the borough had peaked at 626.1 in the seven days to January 3, just before lockdown began.

Of the 222 cases confirmed from March 19-25, a total of 32 were in those aged 10-14, as Covid testing has become commonplace in schools since all pupils returned.

In comparison, only 14 cases were confirmed during that time in those aged 60 and above, as the vast majority in that age group have received at least one Covid vaccine.

The infection rate for those aged 0-59 stands at 84, while the rate for those aged 60+ is 14.7 – the lowest since September 17, 2020.

Nationally, a further 31 people who tested positive for Covid-19 have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 86,265.

Patients were aged between 57 and 100 years old. All except two, aged 57 to 83 years old, had known underlying health conditions.

Date of death ranges from April 3, 2020 to March 30, 2021, with the majority being on or after March 27. Their families have been informed.

The number of deaths of patients with Covid-19 by region are as follows:

  • East of England - 3
  • London - 7
  • Midlands - 3
  • North East & Yorkshire - 7
  • North West - 8
  • South East – 3
  • South West - 0