UK coronavirus cases rise by 1,148, 102 more die


NEW cases of coronavirus in the UK increased by 1,148 and 102 more people have died.

Overall, a total of 312,789 cases have now been confirmed by the government, with 46,628 Britons killed by the virus.

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New cases in the UK increased by 1,148, it was reported yesterdayCredit: AFP or licensors

The number of newly reported cases is believed to be the highest from 24 hours until 9 a.m. on June 21, when it was 1,221.

But this increase may be in part due to more widespread testing – as community testing for coronavirus is stepped up.

During the last two weeks, the number of community tests carried out has increased from 545,662 to 615,648, which corresponds to the number of cases detected per 1,000 tests from 8.2 to 9.4.

Infection rates among all age groups under 65 have increased since the lockdown was eased, but those over 65 have seen a drop in infections, new data shows.



People aged 15 to 44 in England have seen their rates rise by 35% since the day after Super Saturday, when bars and restaurants reopened.

Weekly infections among young people also increased in the same period from July 5, with a 40% increase.

Public Health England said the coronavirus dashboard is not expected to be updated on Tuesday with the number of recently reported deaths in the UK due to ‘technical difficulties with data processing’.

Officials said a new way of publishing the daily death toll will be put in place following the investigation into how the health ministry published them.


Health Secretary Matt Hancock ordered a review after scientists found anyone who tested positive and later died of Covid-19 is currently included in PHE numbers – even though they recover and are subsequently struck by a bus months later.

A review is expected to be released in a few days, and three new tolls are expected to be used after a deal is reached between ministers and scientists.

It comes as it has been revealed that the flu has killed more people in the UK than the coronavirus for seven consecutive weeks.

Nearly five times more people die from the flu or pneumonia than Covid-19, according to the latest data from the Office for National Statistics.

In the seven weeks leading up to July 31, the latest date for which figures are available, 2,992 people have died from the coronavirus – but 6,626 have died from the flu or pneumonia.

A total of 1,002 died from the flu in the week to June 19, compared to 783 deaths from Covid-19.

The gap widened every week until the end of last month when the flu killed 928 people – nearly five times more than the 193 who lost their lives to the coronavirus.

Overall, in that seven-week period, 6,626 people died from the flu – and 2,992 died from the coronavirus.

The number of people dying from the deadly virus has dropped dramatically.

The deaths are now about the same as 19 weeks ago.

The lockdown began in the UK on March 23. Strict laws are relaxed in stages.

More people have died from the flu than from the coronavirus for seven consecutive weeks


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