The number of recorded coronavirus cases in Cumbria increased by 254 over the weekend, official figures show.

Public Health England figures show that 9,031 people had been confirmed as testing positive for Covid-19 by 9am on Monday (November 16) in Cumbria, up from 8,777 the same time on Friday.

As of Monday (November 16), PHE has updated the way it records the location of people who test positive or negative for the virus.

The address given at the point of testing will now be used to determine a person's area of residence, rather than that on their electronic NHS record, with the change retrospectively applied to tests carried out from September 1.

PHE said: "Due to reallocation of cases in this way, the number of cases reported by a local authority may be artificially high or low on November 16."

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 1,806 cases per 100,000 people, far lower than the England average of 2,122.

Across the UK, the number of recorded cases increased by 73,185 over the period, to 1,390,681.

Cumbria's cases were among the 277,818 recorded across the North West, a figure which rose by 11,384 over the period.

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