Covid cases in Oxfordshire up 31% on last week

Covid testing Credit: PA

People in Oxfordshire are being asked to be cautious as Covid cases continue to rise in the county.

There are currently 369.5 cases per 100,000 population, which is a 31% increase on last week.

Cases of coronavirus in over 30s are rising rapidly, despite the case numbers in young people in Oxford having fallen.

Anyone living, working or visiting the city can get a free PCR test at one of five walk-in locations, which will be available until at least 4 August.

Additional bookable testing slots are being made available in the rest of Oxfordshire.

Where can I go for a test in Oxford?

  • South Park (St Clement's end)

  • The Blavatnik School of Government, Walton Street

  • Manzil Way Gardens, Cowley Road

  • Headington carpark, Old High Street

  • Blackbird Leys Leisure Centre carpark, Pegasus Road

The mobile testing units are open for business 10am - 8pm and people can go to get tested without booking an appointment.

Where can I go for a test in Oxfordshire?

There are five PCR testing centres open seven days a week:

  • Oxford Parkway, near Kidlington (OX2 8HA)

  • Woodgreen Leisure Centre, Banbury (OX16 0HS)

  • Osney Lane, Oxford (OX1 1NY)

  • Oxford Brookes University (OX3 0BP)

  • Woodford Way Carpark, Witney (OX28 6JS)

Ansaf Azhar, Oxfordshire County Council’s Director for Public Health, says the rest of Oxfordshire has been "catching up" with the city in terms of Covid case numbers.

He says that while the national rules have changed, people in all market towns and villages are being advised to continue to wear face coverings in crowded spaces, wash their hands and maintain social-distancing.

What are the current Covid case rates in Oxfordshire?