Cases at Halton are declining slightly, but the hospital is experiencing an increase in admissions.

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Halton’s infection rate reached 420 cases per 100,000 people, a decrease from 440 the previous week, but still nearly twice the national average.

Coronavirus cases in Runcorn and Widnes decreased slightly last week, although infection rates are still high.

Halton’s infection rate is still high, but decreased slightly during the week.

The Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust saw that the number of Covid-positive patients on its wards passed the peak of the first wave of April this week.

Despite the slight decrease in cases, local hospitals continue to feel the burden of the earlier increase in Covid 19 infections.

The continued burden on hospitals has led health officials across the city region to warn against complacency as cases continue to decline slowly.

On Thursday, the hospital reported 145 coronavirus patients on its wards, compared to 124 at the peak of the first wave.

By Friday, that number had dropped to 140, but it is still above the April peak, and the Trust’s intensive care unit has 17 people.

Matt Ashton, Liverpool’s Director of Public Health, said: “We have early indications from the data that we have succeeded in reversing the explosive increase in cases we saw in September and early October.

“It is the only way to bring this pandemic under control.

“But it is really important that we are not complacent and hammer home the messages about the importance of social distance for each individual, that people wear face coverings indoors, get tested when they have symptoms, and isolate themselves when they are told to…

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