THE number of recorded coronavirus cases in Cumbria has increased by five over the last 24 hours, official figures show.

Public Health England figures have shown that 2,710 people had been confirmed as testing positive for Covid-19 by 9am on Wednesday (July 15) in Cumbria, up from 2,705 the same time on Tuesday.

The health body is now including Pillar 2 tests – those carried out by commercial partners – alongside Pillar 1 tests, which are analysed in NHS or PHE laboratories and which made up the first stage of the Government's mass testing programme.

The rate of infection in Cumbria now stands at 543 cases per 100,000 people, which is far higher than the England average of 448.

Across the UK, the number of recorded cases has now increased by 538 over the same period, rising to 291,911.