THERE have now been more than 1,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Cheshire West, which includes Northwich.

Latest figures from Public Health England show there were 1,009 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the borough as of 9am on Tuesday, May 19.

That is an increase of 17 from the same time on Monday, and up from 937 at the same time last week.

Meanwhile, latest figures from the Office of National Statistics show that Cheshire West and Chester Council had registered 268 deaths from Covid-19 by May 16 – up from 232 one week earlier.

That latest figure includes 76 deaths in care homes, nine at private homes and five in hospices or other community sites.

The figures include deaths that occurred up to May 8 which were registered up to eight days later.

There were 62 deaths from coronavirus recorded in care homes across the borough by May 9.

The Health Foundation says the figures suggest that ‘action has come too late to stem the avoidable loss of life for care home residents, and social care staff’.

Meanwhile, latest figures from Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs Leighton Hospital, show that 161 of its coronavirus patients have died as of 5pm on Monday, May 18.

A week ago, there had been 151 deaths recorded.

A Department of Health and Social Care spokesman said: "Every death from this virus is a tragedy and our deepest sympathies go out to the families who have sadly lost relatives.

"Supporting the social care sector throughout this pandemic is a priority. We are working around the clock to give the social care sector the equipment and support they need."