ANOTHER 39 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Oxfordshire but the county for the first time in days recorded no new deaths in 24 hours.

It brings the total number of confirmed cases in Oxfordshire to 450 as of 9am today.

Data published by NHS England yesterday also showed, as of 5pm on Sunday, 37 patients had died at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (OUH), which runs the John Radcliffe Hospital, with no new deaths reported since Saturday at 5pm.

There have also been five deaths of patients with coronavirus at Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the county’s community hospitals.

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As the trust also runs services in Buckinghamshire, Wiltshire, and North East Somerset, it is not possible to say where these deaths took place though.

In England another 403 deaths were confirmed today, with UK deaths currently at 5,373.

As of 9am, 51,608 had tested positive for coronavirus in the UK.

The rise in coronavirus cases in the UK is expected to 'plateau' in the next 'week-to-ten days', according to Neil Ferguson, from the government's Scientific Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE).

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He made the comments on Saturday during an interview Radio 4's Today programme but also warned people needed to continue adhering to social distancing guidance in order for the current rules to be relaxed by the end of May.

Globally confirmed cases of Covid-19 passed one million over the weekend and according to Johns Hopkins University, which has been monitoring the pandemic since January, now stand at more than 1.25 million.

The US has confirmed the most cases, at more than 330,000, while China has the most people who have recovered from the virus at 77,000.