The number of coronavirus cases in Oxfordshire increased by 490 in the last 24 hours, official figures show.

A total of 72,995 people had been confirmed as testing positive for Covid-19 in Oxford when the UK coronavirus daily dashboard was updated on Saturday.

The rate of infection in Oxfordshire in the past seven days stands at 496.8 new cases per 100,000 people, slightly higher than the England average of 477 cases per 100,000.

South Oxfordshire had the highest coronavirus case rate in the past week, with the equivalent of 645 new cases per 100,000 people.

  • South Oxfordshire - 645.4
  • Vale of White Horse - 567.8
  • Cherwell - 484.7
  • West Oxfordshire - 478.7
  • Oxford - 316.7

The dashboard shows 779 people had died in the county since the pandemic began.

They were among 18,202 deaths recorded across the south east.

The figures include anyone who died within 28 days of a positive test result for Covid-19, and whose usual residence was in Oxfordshire.

Daily death counts are revised each day, with each case backdated to the actual date of death, so some areas might see their figures revised down.

The figures also show that more than two thirds of people in Oxfordshire have received two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine.

In total, 515,720 people in the county had received both jabs – 71.8 per cent of those aged 12 and over, based on the number of people on the National Immunisation Management Service database.

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