THE number of recorded coronavirus cases in St Helens increased by 142 in 24 hours, official figures show.

Public Health England figures show that since the start of the outbreak in mid-March 3,075 people have been confirmed as testing positive for Covid-19.

The figures are up to 9am on Thursday (October 8) in St Helens.

Across the UK, the number of recorded cases increased by 17,540 over the 24 hours. The North West figure rose by 4,448.

Meanwhile, as St Helens continues to be under local lockdown restrictions, which includes a ban on household mixing in indoor settings, the council public health team has released data showing there were 633 confirmed cases St Helens between September 30 and October 6.

The seven-day rate of infection stands at 351.6 per 100,000 people.

Thatto Heath and Rainhill have the highest number of cases across all areas of the borough, according to a local breakdown.

The mobile Covid-19 testing unit is at the former Eccleston Park Golf Course on Friday and Saturday from 10.30am to 3.30pm.

Appointments need to be made and be booked here.

On Sunday the testing unit will be at Clifton Street Car Park in the town centre from 10.30am to 3.30pm.

The overall rate of infection in St Helens, since the start of the outbreak in mid-March, now stands at 1,703 cases per 100,000 people, far higher than the England average of 854.

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