ONE more person has died in Oxfordshire after testing positive for Covid-19.

One death was recorded in Vale of White Horse, which takes the total number of people who have died from the virus in the county to 712.

According to the Government’s website, as of 4pm on Thursday, there were 36 new cases in the county.

The rate of infection in Oxfordshire now stands at 4,655 cases per 100,000 people, lower than the England average of 6,537.

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These were the numbers for the past 24 hours by local authority:

l Oxford – 8

l South Oxfordshire – 2

l West Oxfordshire – 7

l Vale of White Horse – 9

l Cherwell – 10

The total number of coronavirus cases since the pandemic started are:

l Oxford – 9,056

l Oxfordshire – 32,199

Public Health England confirmed that the UK has recorded a further 242 Covid-related deaths and 6,573 new cases.

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.

Across the UK, the number of recorded cases increased by 6,573 over the period, to 4,201,358.

Oxfordshire's cases were among the 521,299 recorded across the South East, a figure which rose by 556 people over the period.

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