UK coronavirus death toll increases by 8 but increase in cases remains high


The UK coronavirus death toll has risen by eight and the number of confirmed cases has remained stubbornly high – increasing by 744.Figures released today show the UK’s total death toll at 46,201.

The total number of positive cases is 304,695.

The news comes as the Health Secretary said a second wave of coronavirus “is starting to spread across Europe.”

Matt Hancock said: “I’m worried about a second wave.

Total number of positive coronavirus cases stands at 304,695

“I think you can see a second wave starting to roll across Europe and we have to do all we can to prevent it from reaching these shores and dealing with it. ”

Since the lockdown, the lowest number of cases recorded in 24 hours was 353 on July 6 – since then most days have seen at least 500 new confirmed infections every day.

There are reports today of plans to try and curb a second economic shutdown if there is a spike in the capital.

A nationwide ban on indoor socialization and “enhanced” shielding with “personal risk ratings” are also being considered, according to the Sunday papers.

The UK coronavirus death table

Coronavirus case in UK

Scientists have also expressed concern that hairdressers and barbers may be insufficiently protected by wearing only a visor, as they call on the government to change the guidelines to require them to also wear a mask underneath.

However, Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has cast doubt on the reports claiming it was “speculation”.

The Times had reported that Boris Johnson hosted a “war game” session with Chancellor Rishi Sunak on Wednesday to review possible options to avoid another national lockdown that could block any potential economic recovery.

Mr Johnson has reportedly considered asking the elderly to protect themselves again while reflecting on lockdown conditions in London in the event of a second wave of coronavirus infections, the Sunday Telegraph and Sunday Times have said.

Cabinet Minister Jenrick suggested that the mentioned increase in armor was “not something that is actively being considered”.

The cities of Greater Manchester, East Lancashire and West Yorkshire have been hit with new restrictions with social gatherings banned inside and in private gardens.

Meanwhile, ministers have been warned by experts that “compromises”, such as closing pubs, may be needed to get schools to fully reopen in September.

The government is also believed to be considering a nationwide ban on people from different households meeting indoors, in case test and trace numbers suggest that social contact is partly to blame, as Matt Hancock claimed on last week. parts of northern England.


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