THE number of coronavirus cases in Dudley increased by 227 in the last 24 hours, official figures show.

A total of 53,751 people had been confirmed as testing positive for Covid-19 in Dudley when the UK coronavirus daily dashboard was updated on Thursday November 25, up from 53,524 on Wednesday.

The rate of infection in Dudley now stands at 16,674 cases per 100,000 people, higher than the England average of 15,026.

Across the UK, the number of recorded cases increased by 46,654 over the period, to 10,021,497.

However, there were no new coronavirus deaths recorded in the latest 24-hour period in Dudley.

The dashboard shows 861 people had died in the area by Thursday November 25 – unchanged from Wednesday.

It means there have been six deaths in the past week, which is the same as the previous week.

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

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.

The figures also show that three-quarters of people in Dudley have received two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine.

Latest figures show 216,860 people had received both jabs by November 24 (Wednesday) – 76 per cent of those aged 12 and over, based on the number of people on the National Immunisation Management Service database.

Across England, 80 per cent of people aged 12 and above had received a second dose of the jab.

Unlike at local level, the national rate was calculated using mid-2020 population estimates from the Office for National Statistics.