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

A total of 19,625 people had been confirmed as testing positive for Covid-19 in Merton when the UK coronavirus daily dashboard was updated on July 26 (Monday), up from 19,371 on Friday.

The rate of infection in Merton now stands at 9,501 cases per 100,000 people, higher than the England average of 8,872.

Across the UK, the number of recorded cases increased by 84,323 over the period, to 5,722,298.

However, there were no new coronavirus deaths recorded over the weekend in Merton.

The dashboard shows 406 people had died in the area by July 26 (Monday) – which was unchanged from Friday.

It means there has been one death in the past week, which is the same as the previous week.

They were among 15,718 deaths recorded across London.

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

Daily death counts are revised each day, with each case backdated to the actual date of death, so some areas might see their figures revised down.

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

The figures also show that more than half of people in Merton have received two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine.

The latest figures show 107,649 people had received both jabs by July 25 (Sunday) – 52% of those aged 18 and over, based on the number of people on the National Immunisation Management Service database.

Across England, 70% of people aged 18 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.