ANOTHER 24 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Herefordshire, official figures show.

Public Health England figures show that 1,207 people had been confirmed as testing positive for Covid-19 by 9am on Monday (October 19) in Herefordshire.

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 Herefordshire now stands at 626 cases per 100,000 people, far lower than the England average of 1,118.

Across the UK, the number of recorded cases increased by 18,804 over the period to 741,212. 

Herefordshire's cases were among the 63,822 recorded across the West Midlands, a figure which rose by 1,383 over the period.

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