CASES of coronavirus in Oxford have continued to rise after a warning from Oxfordshire’s director of public health that a recent spike puts the city at risk of lockdown restrictions.

According to Public Health England, as of 9am, these are the number of new Covid-19 cases in 24 hours;

  • Oxford - 23
  • Oxfordshire - 46
  • UK - 6,914

The total coronavirus cases since the pandemic started;

  • Oxford - 1,242
  • Oxfordshire - 4,038
  • UK - 460,178

These figures are cumulative and include patients who are currently unwell, have recovered and those that have died.

A further 59 people were also announced to have died within 28 days of a had a positive test result and died within 28 days

It takes the confirmed UK death toll to 42,202.

On Wednesday, Oxfordshire's public health director Ansaf Azhar said positive tests had doubled in a week, and warned the situation could ‘deteriorate further very quickly’.

In the seven days to September 25, there were 67 Covid-19 cases in the city, giving an infection rate of 43.9 per 100,000 people.

Oxford Mail:

Public Health England graph showing Oxford coronavirus cases

It puts Oxford on amber alert but edging closer to a red alert level which is triggered when the rate is more than 50.

Cases have been across all parts of the city, with the majority among 18-24-year-olds and cases per 100,000 are now at their highest level in Oxford since May.