TWO more people have died in Oxfordshire after testing positive for Covid-19 in just 24 hours as cases in Oxford are now the highest in the south-east.
The deaths in Oxford and Vale of White Horse take the total number in the county to 730.
Official Government figures show that as of 4pm on Monday, a further 360 new coronavirus cases were registered in the county – the highest number since January 18 – with more than a third of the new cases in Oxford.
The rate of infection in Oxfordshire now stands at 5,500 cases per 100,000 people, far lower than the England average of 7,609.
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These are the daily cases separated by local authorities:
Oxford – 139
South Oxfordshire – 46
Cherwell – 71
West Oxfordshire – 41
Vale of White Horse – 63
The total number of coronavirus cases since the pandemic started are:
Oxford – 11,416
Oxfordshire – 38,398
Currently, there are six patients with the virus admitted in Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, with one patient on ventilation.
The UK has recorded a further 37 Covid-related deaths and 28,773 new cases with 406 patients admitted to hospital, Public Health England confirmed.
Cases identified through a positive lateral flow test – those which can deliver results within half an hour – will no longer be counted if the person then takes a PCR test, which is sent to a lab to be checked, and receives a negative result within three days.