OFFICIAL figures show that 13 more cases of coronavirus have been recorded in St Helens.

Public Health England figures show that 741 people had been confirmed as testing positive for COVID-19 by 9am Wednesday morning (May 20) in St Helens, up from 728 the same time on Tuesday. A week before, there were 708 cases.

It means cases have increased by around two per cent over the last 24 hours, while the number of cases across the UK was revised down by around 500.

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In Knowsley, 651 cases have now been recorded.

They were among the 24,132 cases recorded across the North West, a figure which rose by 195 over the period.

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

Across the UK, 248,293 people had tested positive for coronavirus as of 9am on Wednesday, revised down from 248,818 at the same point on Tuesday, Department of Health and Social Care figures show. In total, 1,996,648 people had been tested, and, as of 5pm on Tuesday, 35,704 had died.