Seven more coronavirus cases diagnosed in Gloucestershire

The number of recorded coronavirus cases in Gloucestershire increased by seven on Friday, official figures show.

Public Health England figures show that 2,151 people had been confirmed as testing positive for Covid-19 by 9am on Friday (September 18) in Gloucestershire, up from 2,144 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 Gloucestershire now stands at 338 cases per 100,000 people, far lower than the England average of 592.

Across the UK, the number of recorded cases increased by 4,322 over the period, to 385,936.

Gloucestershire’s cases were among the 16,210 recorded across the South West, a figure which rose by 94 over the period.

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

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