ST HELENS' weekly coronavirus rate of infection has decreased again in the council's latest released statistics.

The figures, which include from November 18 to November 24 show 262 positive COVID-19 cases in this period, significantly down from the 470 in the previous total.

This equates to a rate of infection of 145.1 per 100,000, compared to 260.3 the previous week.

By date of specimen Saturday, November 21 and Sunday 22 saw the lowest number of positive cases, with 24 and 20 respectively.

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Meanwhile, Wednesday, November 18 had the most with 55, while Monday 23 saw 50.

Bold ward had the highest rate of infection in the borough at 282.3 and the joint-highest number of new cases at 28, along with Newton ward.

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Meanwhile, Rainhill and West Park each had 21 cases and Blackbrook 20.

Newton had the second-highest rate of infection at 224.6, with Blackbrook's third at 195.4.

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Meanwhile, Rainford had the least new cases with five, a rate of 64.9 per 100,000.

By age group 45 to 59-year-olds accounted for the largest chunk of the 262 cases, with 79.

Meanwhile, 30 to 44-year-olds made up 49 and children (0 to 17) 46.

There were 42 18 to 29-year-olds who tested positive and 27 60 to 79-year-olds.

Meanwhile those aged 80-plus saw 19 cases.

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The council has also released statistics showing the number of cases in St Helens since September 1.

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There have been 6,195 COVID-19 cases in the borough since then. Of these 1,572 have been among 45 to 59-year-olds, with 1,516 30 to 44-year-olds.

From a peak earlier in the autumn of 476 per 100,000, the seven-day rate of infection has gone down to 145.

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