HUNDREDS of new cases were reported in Oxfordshire as the UK edged towards nearly 28,000 in just 24 hours.

Official Government figures show that as of 4pm on Monday, a further 203 new coronavirus cases were registered in the county – the highest number since January 18 – with almost half of the new cases in Oxford.

These come to 89 less than those recorded a week ago.

The rate of infection in Oxfordshire now stands at 5,500 cases per 100,000 people, far lower than the England average of 7,609.

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These are the daily cases separated by local authorities:

Oxford – 84

South Oxfordshire – 37

Cherwell – 24

West Oxfordshire – 30

Vale of White Horse – 28

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

Oxford – 11,277

Oxfordshire – 38,038

Currently, there are six patients with the virus admitted in Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, with one patient on ventilation.

The UK has recorded a further nine Covid-related deaths and 27,334 new cases with 358 patients admitted to hospital, Public Health England confirmed.

Cases identified through a positive lateral flow test – those which can deliver results within half an hour – will no longer be counted if the person then takes a PCR test, which is sent to a lab to be checked, and receives a negative result within three days.