ACCORDING to the latest Government data, a total of 130 people tested positive for coronavirus across Cheshire East and Cheshire West and Chester in the space of one week.

In the seven days leading up to April 13, the most recent data available at the time of writing, 65 people in Cheshire East tested positive for the virus, a rate of 16.9 per 100,000 residents.

Meanwhile, in Cheshire West and Chester, 65 new cases were also recorded, the equivalent of 18.9 per 100,000.

Across the UK, this figure was 18,802 – or a rate of 28.1.

The data is recorded as the total number of people with at least one positive Covid-19 test result, either lab-reported or lateral flow device in the most recent seven day period.

The rates per 100,000 resident population give a fairer comparison of the number of cases in each area but they do not take account of the different rates of testing or differences in the age and gender of the local populations.

Data for the most recent dates is not available as it is incomplete.

Across the whole of the pandemic, the recent data brings the total number of cases recorded in Cheshire East to 20,795. 

In Cheshire West and Chester, this figure totals 21,663.

As of Saturday, a total of 35,882,008 coronavirus vaccinations had been given across England. 

This includes 27,559,38 first doses and 8,322,627 second doses.

This means more than 10 million people across England, Scotland and Wales have now received their second dose of a Covid-19 vaccine – more than 19 per cent of all adults in the country according to the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC).

There are currently three vaccines approved for use in the UK – Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Moderna.

Regulators in the UK have recommended as a precautionary measure that people aged 18 to 29 should be offered alternatives to the AstraZeneca vaccine, saying there is a possible link between the jab and ‘extremely rare’ blood clots.

However, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has said the benefits of the AstraZeneca vaccine continue to far outweigh any risks.