The number of coronavirus cases in Thurrock increased by 244 over the weekend, official figures show – and three more deaths were recorded.

A total of 26,987 people had been confirmed as testing positive for Covid-19 in Thurrock when the UK coronavirus daily dashboard was updated on November 1 (Monday), up from 26,743 on Friday.

The rate of infection in Thurrock now stands at 15,375 cases per 100,000 people, higher than the England average of 13,674.

Across the UK, the number of recorded cases increased by 118,075 over the period, to 9,097,311.

There were also three more coronavirus deaths recorded over the weekend in Thurrock.

The dashboard shows 469 people had died in the area by November 1 (Monday) – up from 466 on Friday.

It means there have been six deaths in the past week, which is an increase on one the previous week.

However, data was not received from NHS England on Monday so the number of deaths in England was lower than expected.

They were among 14,310 deaths recorded across the East of England.

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

Daily death counts are revised each day, with each case backdated to the actual date of death.

Figures reported on a Monday are likely to be lower as a result of a lag in reporting deaths over the weekend.

The figures also show that nearly two-thirds of people in Thurrock have received two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine.

The latest figures show 99,904 people had received both jabs by October 31 (Sunday) – 65% of those aged 12 and over, based on the number of people on the National Immunisation Management Service database.

Across England, 79% 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.