THE number of cases of coronavirus in St Helens has increased by three, according to official figures.

Public Health England figures show that the total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19, since the start of the outbreak in March, now stands at 1,198 people.

The data shows those testing positive by 9am on Sunday (July 13) in St Helens.

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

The number had stood at 1,195 on Friday, which was revised down from Thursday's figure of 1,197.

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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.

Official data revealed last week measuring the number of new cases showed that St Helens' infection rate had decreased to 2.2 per 100,000 (from 7.2).

The data showed the rate of new cases in the seven days to Monday, July 6,