The number of recorded coronavirus cases in Shropshire increased by 17 over a 24-hour period, official figures show.

Public Health England figures show that 1,692 people had been confirmed as testing positive for Covid-19 by 9am on Thursday (September 24) in Shropshire, up from 1,675 the same time on Wednesday.

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 524 cases per 100,000 people, far lower than the England average of 637.

Across the UK, the number of recorded cases increased by 6,634 over the period, to 416,363.

Shropshire's cases were among the 39,587 recorded across the West Midlands, a figure which rose by 608 over the period.

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