The number of coronavirus cases in Blackburn with Darwen increased by 42 in the last 24 hours, official figures show – and one more death was recorded.

A total of 27,709 people had been confirmed as testing positive for Covid-19 in Blackburn with Darwen when the UK coronavirus daily dashboard was updated on September 14 (Tuesday), up from 27,667 on Monday.

The rate of infection in Blackburn with Darwen now stands at 18,469 cases per 100,000 people, far higher than the England average of 11,030.

Across the UK, the number of recorded cases increased by 26,251 over the period, to 7,282,810.

There was also one more coronavirus death recorded in the latest 24-hour period in Blackburn with Darwen.

The dashboard shows 441 people had died in the area by September 14 (Tuesday) – up from 440 on Monday.

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

They were among 19,049 deaths recorded across the North West.

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

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

The figures also show that two-thirds of people in Blackburn with Darwen have received two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine.

The latest figures show 88,050 people had received both jabs by September 13 (Monday) – 68% of those aged 16 and over, based on the number of people on the National Immunisation Management Service database.

Across England, 81% of people aged 16 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.