OXFORD'S weekly coronavirus cases are creeping up again in the latest rolling seven-day average.

The city, as of September 7, has an infection rate of 24.3 cases per 100,000 people compared with 7.2 a week prior.

This is down to an increase of 37 new positive tests compared to 11.

It is based on Public Health England data published today on the Government’s coronavirus online dashboard.

It puts the city close to a weekly infection of 25, which would put Oxford on an amber alert.

It is still far below the highest rates in England, however, with a recent national surge in cases meaning Oxford is not even in the top 50.

Highest is currently Bolton with a rate of 160.7

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The number of recorded coronavirus cases in Oxfordshire increased by eight over the last 24 hours.

Public Health England figures show that 3,647 people had been confirmed as testing positive for Covid-19 by 9am on Thursday in Oxfordshire, up from 3,639 the same time on Wednesday.

Of the eight new cases five were in Oxford, which now has 1,065 confirmed cases.

The rate of infection in Oxfordshire now stands at 527 cases per 100,000 people, lower than the England average of 549.

Across the UK, the number of recorded cases increased by 2,919 over the period, to 358,138.

Oxfordshire's cases were among the 39,378 recorded across the South East, a figure which rose by 199 over the period.

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