FOUR more Cheshire hospital patients with Covid have died in the past few days, according to latest figures from the NHS.

Two of the deaths were recorded in Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospitals Trust on July 17, while on July 19, one was recorded at the Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospitals Trust and the other recorded at Mid Cheshire Hospitals Trust.

The latest number of Covid hospital patient admissions for Cheshire hospitals is due to be announced later today (Thursday, July 22).

In Cheshire West and Chester, nearly one in every 200 people in the borough tested positive for Covid between July 10-16, with the seven-day infection rate per 100,000 people now standing at 499.

The infection rate for those aged 0-59 is now the second highest it has ever been during the Covid pandemic, at 657.

However, the infection rate for those aged 60 and over, while rising steadily, is much lower, at 89.1.

Between July 10-16, 1,627 new cases were recorded in those aged 0-59 in Cheshire West and Chester, compared to 85 for those aged 60 and above.

A total of 84.3 per cent of the borough's adult population have received their first Covid vaccine, with 67.1 per cent having had both doses.

The number of vaccines administered has tailed off in recent weeks, particularly for first doses, which are currently being administered at an average rate of less than 300 a day in the borough.