Another 1,715 people tested positive for the coronavirus today in the largest daily increase in 12 weeks.
The last time Britain’s daily number of cases was this high was on June 4, when 1,805 people were diagnosed in just 24 hours.
Today’s worrying increase brings the total number of cases in the country to 334,467.
But, as a positive sign, the death toll in the country remains low as only one person has died after testing positive for the disease, bringing the UK’s total death toll during the pandemic to 41,499.
Sunday figures are generally smaller due to a processing delay over the weekend.
1,715 more people tested positive for coronavirus today in the biggest daily increase in 12 weeks
But as a positive sign, the death toll in the country remains low as only one person died after testing positive for the disease, bringing the total UK death toll during the pandemic to 41,499.
There have been no new deaths in Scotland for the fourth day in a row, but this is its highest number of new cases in the past week. Wales and Northern Ireland had no new deaths for the third day in a row.
Scotland reported 123 new cases, bringing the total number of positive infections to 20,318.
Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon told the public not to be alarmed as the number of people hospitalized with Covid-19 increased by three to 258, with five people in intensive care, an increase of two from the previous day .
But she added that the cases would be carefully considered and of course “a concern”.
“123 cases of Covid have been reported today,” she tweeted. “The circumstances and the connections / patterns are closely examined and Test & Protect is working hard to break the chains of transmission. While the increase is of course a concern, it is important to note that the positivity rate remains below 1%.
Another 49 people have tested positive for Covid-19 in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, the country’s Department of Health said. No new deaths were reported, leaving the total at 560.
A total of 3,400 people have been tested for Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, including 49 positive.
The total number of people diagnosed with the virus now stands at 7,187.
Figures from the Ministry of Health show that 17 patients with Covid-19 are in hospital, including two in intensive care.
Since the Covid-19 outbreak in Northern Ireland six months ago, a total of 225,460 people have been tested for the virus.
Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon told the public not to be alarmed as the number of people hospitalized with Covid-19 increased by three to 258
Figures show that there are currently 15 active outbreaks in nursing homes. A total of 180 homes in nursing homes were closed.
There were a total of 452 new cases registered last week and 817 in the past two weeks. Belfast has the highest number of positive Covid-19 cases in Northern Ireland with a total of 1,732 cases reported since the outbreak.
It comes after the Health Secretary warned that nationwide restrictions could not be ruled out if England saw a spike in coronavirus cases this winter.
Matt Hancock also hinted that the restrictions might not be relaxed over Christmas to avoid an “increase” in the number of Covid-19 cases.
Speaking to The Times, Mr Hancock said countries in other parts of the world were already experiencing a second wave, adding that it was a “very serious threat”.
But he said the UK was managing to keep the number of new cases “stable” thanks to the test and traceability system and local lockdowns.
Describing the worst-case scenario, he said the UK could fight a bad flu and coronavirus growth as people spend more time indoors.
He continued, “Cases are on the rise again and we have to resort to very extensive local lockdowns or take new national action.
“We don’t rule it out, but we don’t want to see it.
BBC Newsnight reported that a “reasonable worst-case planning assumption” presented to the government warned that there could be up to 81,000 additional deaths directly attributed to Covid-19 between July and next March.
The broadcaster said the scenario was presented in a document approved by the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) for the Cabinet Office at the end of July.
It comes after Health Secretary Matt Hancock warned nationwide restrictions could not be ruled out if England saw a spike in coronavirus cases this winter
His comments come as local Covid-19 restrictions have been relaxed in northern England, which will allow social gatherings between two homes from Wednesday in Bolton, Stockport, Trafford, Burnley, Hyndburn and parts of parts of Bradford, Calderdale and Kirklees.
Mr Hancock told The Times that a second wave might be “preventable but it’s not easy”, with schools reopening next week presenting new challenges in stopping the spread of the virus.
In an interview with ITV News, Mr Hancock said: ‘We plan a lot to make sure that the NHS is prepared and can cope so that people can have so much freedom to enjoy Christmas, to enjoy winter, as possible.
But when asked if there would be special rules to allow more people to visit each other on Christmas, Mr Hancock suggested that this could lead to an increase in the number of people infected with the virus.
“The danger with a rule like this is that it increases the spread of disease,” he said.
“I mean, there’s a ton of things I wish I could do, but the risk is that we will see an increase in the disease.
“Therefore, we had to make decisions that you would never want.