The number of active coronavirus cases in Wirral has almost doubled in the space of one week.

The most recent figures, which cover the week ending July 26, show that the borough had 13 active cases, a sharp increase on the previous week’s total of seven.

That means Wirral’s infection rate per 100,000 residents has risen from 2.2 in the week ending July to 4.0 in the most recent week’s figures.

But these numbers are far below what the borough’s infection rate was at the end of June.

In the week ending June 21, Wirral’s infection rate was 19.4, falling to 8.4 the following week

That figure fell again for the week ending July 5, where the rate plummeted to just 2.5 with eight active infections recorded.

In the three weeks of data since then, Wirral’s active case numbers increased to 14, before falling to 7 and rising again to 13.

The borough’s infection rate is now below that of Merseyside as a whole, which stands at 5.2.

Liverpool is the worst affected borough in Merseyside, with 35 active cases and an infection rate of 7.1, a sharp increase from 2.8 the week before.

The particularly stark numbers in some parts of the city have led to a tightening of restrictions.

In the Liverpool ward of Princes Park people are being advised to not visit any other households unless it is essential and to maintain social distancing at all times.

People are also strongly advised not to stay overnight in a household they don't live in - even if is with family.

Visits at care homes in the area have also been suspended and events and gatherings have been cancelled.

The care home restrictions are also now being applied to neighbouring areas of Picton and Greenbank.

After Liverpool, Sefton has the highest rate of infection in Merseyside at 5.8, with Knowsley at 3.3 and St Helens at 2.8 both below Wirral’s rate.

Halton, which is part of the Liverpool City Region, has a much lower infection rate of 1.6, with just two active Covid-19 cases in the most recent weekly figures.

None of our region’s boroughs are suffering the much higher numbers of cases seen in other parts of the North West and Leicester.

The latest figures showed Blackburn with Darwen had the highest rate of active cases at 85.9, with Oldham second on 54.3 and Leicester third on 53.2.