THE number of recorded coronavirus cases in Shropshire increased by 100 over the weekend, official figures show.

Public Health England (PHE) figures show that 5,367 people had been confirmed as testing positive for Covid-19 by 9am on Monday, November 23 in Shropshire, up from 5,267 the same time on Friday.

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 Shropshire since February now stands at 1,661 cases per 100,000 people, far lower than the England average of 2,336.

The weekly infection rate in Shropshire for the seven days to Thursday, November 19 was 169.3.

Across the UK, the number of recorded cases increased by 15,450 over the period to 1,527,495.

Shropshire's cases were among the 153,201 recorded across the West Midlands, a figure which rose by 3,531 over the period.

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