The number of recorded coronavirus cases in Thurrock increased by 378 over the last 24 hours, official figures show.

Public Health England figures show that 12,908 people had been confirmed as testing positive for Covid-19 by 9am on Friday (January 8) in Thurrock, up from 12,530 the same time on Thursday.

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 Thurrock now stands at 7,404 cases per 100,000 people, far higher than the England average of 4,547.

Across the UK, the number of recorded cases increased by 68,053 over the period to 2,957,472.

Thurrock's cases were among the 249,144 recorded across the East of England, a figure which rose by 8,517 over the period.

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