Coronavirus latest: Dacorum records 15 new cases today

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Public Health England has updated the way it records the location of people who have been tested for Covid-19

There have been 15 new positive Covid-19 tests in Dacorum over the last 24 hours.

The total for the borough is now 1,688, according to the latest figures from Public Health England.

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There have been 197 new cases today in Hertfordshire, the total is now 14,944.

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On Monday, Public Health England changed the way it records the location of people who have been tested for Covid-19 - counts of cases and deaths at sub-national level have been updated to reflect this.

The address given at the point of testing will now be used to determine a person's area of residence, rather than that on their electronic NHS record, with the change retrospectively applied to tests carried out from September 1.

In Dacorum, the number of deaths of people who had a positive test result for COVID-19 and died within 28 days of the first positive test was revised down to 107, according to Public Health England. There have been 13 deaths recorded in Hertfordshire, the total is now 936.

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Nationally, the number of coronavirus cases has risen by 19,609 and now stands at 1,430,341.

The number of deaths has risen by 529 to 53,274.

The death toll has been 'recalculated' by officials. The new count is based on a new definition of who has died from Covid-19.

Previously, people in England who died at any stage following a positive test, regardless of the cause of their death, were counted in the figures.

However, there is now a cut off point of 28 days from the first laboratory-confirmed positive COVID test.

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The figures for the number of patients recovered from Covid-19 have not been released by Public Health England.

The new figures were recorded between 5pm on Monday, November 16, and Tuesday, November 17.

The figures come from the Government website which is available for the public to view here.Read more: Police enforce ‘lockdown’ rules in Hertfordshire, as Covid-19 cases increase