ANOTHER six coronavirus cases were recorded in Oxford in 24 hours as the UK total went up by almost 4,000.

Positive tests for the city made up half of new cases in Oxfordshire as of 9am on Wednesday, according to figures from Public Health England.

Across the UK cases of Covid-19 rose by 3,991, taking the total to 378,219, as the virus continues to spread nationally.

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In Oxfordshire there have been 3,735 confirmed cases, giving the county an overall infection rate of 540, lower than the England average of 580.

Oxford, which now has 1,099 confirmed cases, however, has an infection rate, of 720.9.

This is a cumulative count and includes patients who are currently unwell, have recovered and those that have died.

The city has for several days been at or near 'amber alert' due to a weekly rolling infection rate of approximately 25 cases per 100,000 people, based on cases in the last seven days.

By comparison the highest in England is currently Bolton on 196.1.

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A further 20 people were announced to have died within 28 days of a positive test.

It takes the UK's official death toll to 41,684.

Separate figures published by the UK’s statistics agencies show there have now been 57,500 deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

There are currently 901 people in hospital with the virus, with 115 in serious enough condition to need to be on ventilation.

In the South East, there are 59 patients and five on ventilation.

Globally, there have now been more than 26.6 million cases confirmed and more than 936,000 deaths.