THE number of recorded coronavirus cases in Cumbria increased by 15 over the last 24 hours, official figures show.

Public Health England figures show that 2,816 people had been confirmed as testing positive for Covid-19 by 9am on Wednesday (July 29) in Cumbria, up from 2,801 the same time on Tuesday.

The health body is now including Pillar Two tests – those carried out by commercial partners – alongside Pillar One 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 565 cases per 100,000 people, far higher than the England average of 464.

Across the UK, the number of recorded cases increased by 763 over the period, to 301,455.

​Cumbria's cases were among the 45,684 recorded across the North West, a figure which rose by 178 over the period.

Cumulative case counts include patients who are currently unwell, have recovered and those that have died.