The number of recorded coronavirus cases in Shropshire increased by seven in the last 24 hours, official figures show.

Public Health England figures show that 14,849 people had been confirmed as testing positive for Covid-19 by 9am on Friday, March 26 in Shropshire, up from 14,842 the same time on Thursday.

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 Shropshire now stands at 4,595 cases per 100,000 people, far lower than the England average of 6,722.

Across the UK, the number of recorded cases increased by 6,187 over the period, to 4,325,315.

Shropshire's cases were among the 421,969 recorded across the West Midlands, a figure which rose by 602 over the period.

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