OXFORD'S coronavirus rolling seven-day infection rate is continuing to fall after a spike led to a renewed social distancing warning.

As of July 30, the number of cases per 100,000 people is 16.2 compared with19.4 at the same time last week.

Data for the most recent days has been excluded as it is incomplete and likely to be revised.

A surge in cases, the majority in East Oxford, had seen the city jump last week to the 15th highest in the UK.

It caused Oxfordshire’s Director of Public Health Ansaf Azhar to warn that while officials were ‘not yet’ in the position of imposing local restrictions they were monitoring the situation ‘very closely’.

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He said the rise, with 31 new cases compared with nine the week before, was a 'stark reminder' the virus was still out there and people needed to follow social distancing and hygiene rules.

The majority of sharp rises in the most recent rolling average appear in the north of England, where lockdown measures were put in place last week.

Swindon, however, in nearby Wiltshire, has also gone up from a rate of 18.9 to 45.5, with 101 new cases in seven days.

Public Health England reported another 938 cases as of 9am on Monday, with nine new deaths.

In Oxfordshire there have now been 3,256 confirmed positive tests and 912 in Oxford, giving the city an overall infection rate of 591 and the county one of 473.6.

Globally there have now been more than 18 million cases, with the US having the highest death toll at more than 150,000.

The UK has the fourth highest, behind Brazil and Mexico, with 46,210 fatalities as of 5pm on Sunday.