ANOTHER eight people have died in Oxfordshire after testing positive for Covid-19 as the county recorded its lowest daily total of new cases for almost two months.

Four more deaths were recorded in South Oxfordshire, one in Vale of White Horse, one in West Oxfordshire and two in Cherwell.

This takes the total number of people lost to the virus in Oxfordshire to 634.

According to the Government’s website, as of 4pm on Tuesday there were 78 new cases in the county, the lowest since December 6 when 57 were recorded.

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

Oxford – 22

South Oxfordshire – 16

West Oxfordshire – 12

Vale of White Horse – 9

Cherwell – 19

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

Oxford – 8,351

Oxfordshire – 29,824

Public Health England confirmed that the UK has recorded a further 1,449 Covid-related deaths in the latest reporting period.

The UK also recorded its lowest daily total of new cases for almost eight weeks.

It has not been this low since December 9 when 16,578 cases were recorded.

The Government figures include confirmed cases only as some people who have the virus are not tested.

The UK’s coronavirus reproduction number, which estimates the growth rate of the pandemic, currently remains at between 0.7 and 1.1 according to the latest estimate.