ANOTHER five people have died in Oxfordshire after testing positive for Covid-19 as nearly 11 million people in Britain have received the first dose of a vaccine passed ten million, according to the latest figures.

One more death was recorded in Oxford, one in South Oxfordshire, and three in Cherwell.

This takes the total number of people who have died from the virus in Oxfordshire to 659.

According to the Government’s website, as of 4pm on Friday there were 152 new cases in the county.

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

l Oxford – 56

l South Oxfordshire – 18

l West Oxfordshire – 24

l Vale of White Horse – 24

l Cherwell – 32

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

l Oxford – 8,500

l Oxfordshire – 30,272

The rate of infection in Oxfordshire now stands at 4,377 cases per 100,000 people – much lower than the England average of 6,087.

Public Health England confirmed that the UK has recorded a further 1,014 Covid-related deaths in the latest reporting period and 19,114 new positive cases.

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, is currently between -5 per cent and -2 per cent.

This means that the number of new infections is shrinking.