THE number of recorded coronavirus cases in Oxfordshire has increased by 69 over the last 24 hours, official figures show.

Public Health England figures show that 10,378 people had been confirmed as testing positive for Covid-19 by 9am today in Oxfordshire, up from 10,309 the same time on Monday.

The health body is now including Pillar 2 tests – those carried out by commercial partners – alongside Pillar 1 tests, which are analysed in NHS or PHE laboratories and which made up the first stage of the Government’s mass testing programme.

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The rate of infection in Oxfordshire now stands at 1,500 cases per 100,000 people, far lower than the England average of 2,511.

Across the UK, the number of recorded cases increased by 13,429 over the period to 1,643,086.

Oxfordshire’s cases were among the 136,610 recorded across the south east, a figure which rose by 1,876 over the period.

Cumulative case counts include patients who are currently unwell, have recovered and those that have died.