Brand new data show another fall in Liverpool's covid-19 infection rate, but the numbers of virus deaths are still rising.

The city has started to see a fall in infection levels in recent days, potentially indicating that some of the restrictions in place may be having an effect.

Over the weekend it was reported that the rate had dropped to 545.1 cases per 100,000.

And today's data show another encouraging fall.

Data extracted covering testing between October 17 to 23 shows that the total number of confirmed cases for the last 7 days is 2,425, a decrease of 588 cases on the previous week.

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This means that the latest weekly rate of Covid-19 in Liverpool is 486.9 per 100,000 population.

The positivity rate - the number of people being tested who turn out to be positive for covid-19 - has also fallen slightly, from 19% in this weekend's update to 17.7% today.

While we can be cautiously encouraged by the infection level news, the situation in the city's hospitals remains deeply troubling.

Today's data shows that between 18 - 23 October, there were 207 registered deaths in Liverpool, of which 36% (74) were Covid-19 deaths.

Tweeting today, Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson said the numbers showed how difficult it is to regain control of the virus in a city like Liverpool.

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He said: "COVID-19 latest in Liverpool today.

"2425 cases = down, “ R “ rate 490 per 100,000 = down, 74 covid deaths in last 7 days = up, 446 people in hospital = up, 87% ICU capacity same as last week.

"These figures show how difficult it is to regain control however we must do."