THE number of cases of coronavirus in St Helens has been revised down, official figures show.

Public Health England figures show that 753 people had been confirmed as testing positive for COVID-19 by 9am Tuesday morning (June 2) in St Helens since the outbreak began in mid-March, down from 754 the same time on Monday.

A week before, there were 752 cases.

It means cases have not increased over the last 24 hours, while the rate of increase across the UK was one per cent.

The figures continue to indicate a slow down in infections in St Helens, although public health officials remain cautious, particularly with lockdown measures beginning to ease.

The 752 St Helens cases were among the 25,796 cases recorded across the North West since the start of the outbreak, a figure which rose by 73 over the 24 hours up to 9am on Tuesday.

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

Across the UK, 277,985 people had tested positive for coronavirus as of 9am on Tuesday, up from 276,332 at the same point on Monday, Department of Health and Social Care figures show. As of 5pm on Monday, 39,369 people had died.

On Tuesday, the Star reported no new coronavirus-related deaths had been recorded by St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust for the third day running.

The last death to be recorded at the trust, which runs Whiston, St Helens and Newton Hospitals, was on Saturday, when one death was included in the daily figures.

That death took place two days earlier on May 28.

Since the start of the outbreak, 194 people have died at the trust after testing positive for COVID-19.