THE number of recorded coronavirus cases in Southampton increased by seven over the weekend, official figures show.

Public Health England figures show that 986 people had been confirmed as testing positive for Covid-19 by 9am on Monday (August 17) in Southampton, up from 979 the same time on Friday.

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.

The rate of infection in Southampton now stands at 391 cases per 100,000 people, far lower than the England average of 489.

Across the UK, the number of recorded cases increased by 2,830 over the period, to 319,197.

Southampton's cases were among the 36,458 recorded across the South East, a figure which rose by 228 over the period.

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