As coronavirus continues to spread, we've put together seven updates on cases, rates and excess deaths in Wiltshire.

All the data is correct as of Wednesday October 28.

1. According to Public Health England figures, 90 confirmed cases were reported in the Wiltshire Council area in the latest 24-hour period. It brings the total number of infections since the start of the pandemic to 2,948.

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2. In the week to October 23, 444 cases were recorded compared to 316 the week before. It means the rate of infection rose from 63.2 per 100,000 to 88.8. 

The figures are based on tests carried out in laboratories (pillar one of the Government’s testing programme) and in the wider community (pillar two).

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3. Wiltshire has recorded over 20 per cent more deaths in the first nine months of this year than last. Office for National Statistics figures show 4,000 deaths were recorded in Wiltshire between January and September – 22 per cent more than by the same point last year.

Of these 'excess deaths', 365 occurred last month, 11 more than in September 2019.

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4. The total number of coronavirus-related deaths at Salisbury District Hospital still stands at 57, the hospital has confirmed. The latest one, a woman in her 80s, was recorded on October 11.

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5. Elsewhere in Wiltshire, Great Western Hospitals Trust recorded one further death on Monday bringing the hospital death toll to 134.

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6. East Harnham, Whaddon, Whiteparish & Winterslow and Durrington & Bulford have the highest rates in the Salisbury area, according to a map on the government coronavirus dashboard, having recorded 5, 11 and 6 cases respectively. They are shown in blue, the colour used to identify areas with rates between 101 and 200 per 100,000.

The figures refer to the seven days to October 22.

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7. Some 25,000 people could be in hospital with coronavirus by the end of next month if cases continue to rise, the Government’s former chief scientific adviser has warned.

Professor Sir Mark Walport suggested the death toll will continue to increase as there are “still very many people that are vulnerable” and relatively few people have had the virus.

The Sun reports Sage analysis suggests the highest level of restrictions, Tier 3, may be needed across all of England by mid-December.

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