The number of recorded coronavirus cases in Cumbria increased by nine in the last 24 hours, official figures show.

Public Health England figures show that 28,059 people had been confirmed as testing positive for Covid-19 by 9am on Thursday (April 8) in Cumbria, up from 28,050 the same time on Wednesday.

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 Cumbria now stands at 5,612 cases per 100,000 people, lower than the England average of 6,789.

Across the UK, the number of recorded cases increased by 3,030 over the period, to 4,370,321.

Cumbria's cases were among the 601,989 recorded across the North West, a figure which rose by 254 over the period.

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