OFFICIAL figures show three more cases of coronavirus have been recorded in Worcestershire, bringing the total to eight.

Many more people will have symptoms but they are not confirmed as they have not been tested.

It comes as the Prime Minister said the UK can "turn the tide" on COVID-19 within 12 weeks.

Public Health England figures show that eight people had been confirmed as testing positive for Covid-19 by 9am yesterday morning (March 19) in Worcestershire, up from five the same time the day before. A week before, there were no cases.

The eight cases puts the county in the lower half of the table of local authorities, which is headed by Hampshire with 87 cases.

They were among the 282 cases recorded across the Midlands, a figure which rose by 48 over the 24-hour period. Herefordshire has 52 confirmed cases, Birmingham has 34, and Gloucestershire has 15.

Public Health England is not disclosing specific details about individual cases.

Across the UK, 3,269 people had tested positive for coronavirus as of 9am on Thursday, up from 2,626 at the same point on Wednesday, Department of Health and Social Care figures show.

In total, 64,621 people had been tested, and, as of 1pm yesterday, 144 had died.

As the Government is no longer testing people who are self-isolating with mild symptoms, many cases may not be detected.