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

Public Health England figures show that 15,232 people had been confirmed as testing positive for Covid-19 by 9am on Tuesday (June 8) in Shropshire, up from 15,227 the same time on Monday.

The health body recently changed the way it records the figures.

Cases identified through a positive lateral flow test – those which can deliver results within half an hour – will no longer be counted if the person then takes a PCR test, which is sent to a lab to be checked, and receives a negative result within three days.

These cases are now being removed daily.

The rate of infection in Shropshire now stands at 4,714 cases per 100,000 people, far lower than the England average of 7,018.

Across the UK, the number of recorded cases increased by 5,966 over the period, to 4,528,442.

Shropshire's cases were among the 436,611 recorded across the West Midlands, a figure which rose by 400 over the period.

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