HUNDREDS of new Covid cases have been confirmed in Swindon over the past 24 hours.

A total of 347 people tested positive for coronavirus, according to the latest Public Health England figures.

The rate of infection in Swindon now stands at 1,089.8 cases per 100,000 people, higher than the England average of 477.

Across the UK, the number of recorded cases increased by 44,985 over the period, to 8,734,934.