THE number of recorded coronavirus cases in Cumbria increased by 39 over the weekend, official figures show.

Public Health England figures show that 28,420 people had been confirmed as testing positive for Covid-19 by 9am on Monday (June 7) in Cumbria, up from 28,381 the same time on Friday.

The number of cases in Barrow and South Lakeland currently stand at five and 10 respectively.

The health body recently changed the way it records the figures.

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.

These cases are now being removed daily. The rate of infection in Cumbria now stands at 5,684 cases per 100,000 people, lower than the England average of 7,009.

Across the UK, the number of recorded cases increased by 16,458 over the period, to 4,522,476.

Cumbria's cases were among the 632,964 recorded across the North West, a figure which rose by 5,031 over the period. Cumulative case counts include patients who are currently unwell, have recovered and those that have died.