18 coronavirus cases and no virus-linked deaths announced in Milton Keynes today

There were 18 new coronavirus cases and no virus-linked deaths announced in Milton Keynes today, according to the latest data.

The latest update brings the total number of people tested positive in Milton Keynes since the start of the pandemic to 19,660 - of which 138 were in the past seven days.

The 7-day case rate, or infection rate, in Milton Keynes has fallen from 61.2 per 100,000 people yesterday to 52.7 cases per 100,000 people today.

This is the first time that the case rate has fallen below the national average, which stands at 57.6 cases per 100,000 people.

Nationally, there were an additional 5,342 people tested positive today with 17 deaths within 28 days of a positive test.

None of these deaths took place in Milton Keynes, meaning the city's total COVID-linked death toll stands at 461 since the start of the pandemic.