CASES of coronavirus are on the rise in Oxford, according to data from Public Health England.

A rolling seven-day rate of new cases of Covid-19 show there were 20.1 positive tests for the virus per 100,000 people last week, up from 6.5 the week before.

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The figures, for the seven days to July 24, placed the city as 15th in England. The highest is currently Blackburn with Darwen at 75.2.

In the county, all but Cherwell District Council's rate (2.7 down from six) increased, with West Oxfordshire up from 2.7 to 8.2, South Oxfordshire at 2.8 from 2.1 and Vale of White Horse at 6.7 from 2.2.

Public Health England figures released yesterday show 3,218 people had been confirmed as testing positive for Covid-19 by 9am on Tuesday in Oxfordshire, up two on Monday.

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Compared with the same time last week it is an increase of 64.

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.

The overall rate of infection for Oxford is currently 577.3 per 100,000 people, and remains the highest in the county. For Oxfordshire it is 468 per 100,000 people, which is higher than the England average of 463.

It has now been almost a month since a coronavirus death was recorded at an Oxfordshire hospital.

The current death toll at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, is 181, with the most recent fatality on June 30.