THREE more cases of coronavirus have been recorded in St Helens, in the latest figures.

Public Health England figures show that 744 people had been confirmed as testing positive for COVID-19 by 9am Thursday morning (May 21) in St Helens, up from 741 the same time on Wednesday.

A week before, there were 713 cases.

It means cases have increased by less than 0.5 per cent over the last 24 hours, lower than the rate of increase across the UK of one per cent.

There are 647 confirmed cases in Knowsley.

They were among the 24,295 cases recorded across the North West, a figure which rose by 163 over the period.

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

Across the UK, 250,908 people had tested positive for coronavirus as of 9am on Thursday, up from 248,818 at the same point on Wednesday, Department of Health and Social Care figures show. In total, 2,064,329 people had been tested, and, as of 5pm on Wednesday, 36,042 had died.