THE number of recorded coronavirus cases in Cheshire increased by 293 over the last 24 hours, official figures show, 166 in Cheshire East and 127 in Cheshire West and Chester.

Public Health England figures show 5,657 people had been confirmed as testing positive for Covid-19 by 9am on Tuesday (October 27) in Cheshire East, up from 5,491 the same time on Monday.

The figures for Cheshire West and Chester were 5,320 testing positive for Covid-19, up from 5,193 the same time on Monday.

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 Cheshire East now stands at 1,473 cases per 100,000 people, with the rate in Cheshire West and Chester standing at 1,551 cases, both far higher than the England average of 1,382.

Across the UK the number of recorded cases increased by 22,885 over the period to 917,575.

The Cheshire cases were among the 195,127 recorded across the north west, a figure which rose by 5,322 over the period.

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