The number of coronavirus cases in Southampton increased by 613 over the weekend, official figures show.

A total of 18,634 people had been confirmed as testing positive for Covid-19 in Southampton when the UK coronavirus daily dashboard was updated on July 19 (Monday), up from 18,021 on Friday.

The rate of infection in Southampton now stands at 7,379 cases per 100,000 people, lower than the England average of 8,474.

Across the UK, the number of recorded cases increased by 141,106 over the period, to 5,473,477.

However, there were no new coronavirus deaths recorded over the weekend in Southampton.

The dashboard shows 326 people had died in the area by July 19 (Monday) – which was unchanged from Friday.

It means there have been no deaths in the past week, which is the same as the previous week.

They were among 17,371 deaths recorded across the South East.

The figures include anyone who died within 28 days of a positive test result for Covid-19, and whose usual residence was in Southampton.

Daily death counts are revised each day, with each case backdated to the actual date of death, so some areas might see their figures revised down.

Figures reported on a Monday are likely to be lower than as a result of a lag in reporting deaths over the weekend.

The figures also show that half of people in Southampton have received two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine.

The latest figures show 113,248 people had received both jabs by July 18 (Sunday) – 50% of those aged 18 and over, based on the number of people on the National Immunisation Management Service database.

Across England, 68% of people aged 18 and above had received a second dose of the jab.

It comes as the number of people being told to self-isolate by Test and Trace in Southampton has reached its highest level in six months, figures reveal.

Department for Health and Social Care data shows 1,515 people were told to self-isolate after being in contact with someone who tested positive for Covid-19 in the week to July 7, the latest data shows.

This is the highest number since January 20 – three weeks after the country was plunged into its third lockdown.

Contact tracers ask new patients to give details for anyone they were in close contact with in the 48 hours before their symptoms started.