Coronavirus: 2,988 other confirmed cases in UK

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Media captionMatt Hancock: “We are concerned about this increase in cases”

Another 2,988 cases of the coronavirus have been reported in the UK in the past 24 hours, according to government data.

It is the highest number reported in a single day since May 22 and an increase of 1,175 on Saturday, according to the UK government’s coronavirus dashboard.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said he was “concerned” about an increase in cases “mainly among young people.”

Two more deaths within 28 days of a positive test were recorded, bringing the total number of deaths in the UK to 41,551.

Mr Hancock added: “It is so important that everyone does their part and respects social distancing because no matter how old you are, how bad you are, you can pass the disease on to others. ”

“So don’t pass the disease on to your grandparents if you’re young, everyone has to follow social distancing. ”

Despite the sharp increase in cases, Mr Hancock said the government was right to reopen schools “due to the impact on children of not having access to education”, adding that workplaces that have reopened are “Covid-secure”.

Scotland recorded 208 new cases on Sunday, its biggest daily increase in more than 17 weeks.

Wales has registered 98 more cases, its biggest daily increase since June 30, and Northern Ireland has registered 106 new cases, its biggest increase since April 25.

Overall, since the start of the pandemic, 347,152 cases have been confirmed in the UK.

‘A significant new peak’

The number of cases reported daily has been steadily increasing and this is partly due to an increase in the number of people tested.

Simply put, the more you test, the more new cases you will find. But the jump of more than a thousand in one day is another important peak.

The health secretary says the government is concerned and has renewed official calls for more vigilance on social distancing.

What worries Matt Hancock and health officials is that the UK could follow the same path as France and Spain, where the rise in infections among young adults led after a few weeks to a higher number of hospitalizations for older and more vulnerable patients.

The number of critically ill people in hospital with Covid-19 has declined and there have only been two new daily deaths reported.

Medical officials and ministers can only hope that the spread of the virus among young people will not spread to the elderly and to people with underlying health conditions.

The rise in positive tests came as more stringent measures limiting family contact were introduced in Bolton in an attempt to stop the rise in coronavirus cases and prevent a full local lockdown.

The infection rate in the region has risen to 99 cases per 100,000 people per week – the highest in England.

Commenting on Scotland’s increase, Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “While this reflects the substantial openness of the economy, it reminds us of the need to deploy countermeasures. ”

She added that the “first line of defense” is to “pay more attention to facial covers, hygiene and distance”.

Rising demand led bosses in charge of the coronavirus testing system to apologize after it emerged UK labs were struggling to keep up.

Screening capacity was described last week as “at the peak” – 170,000 tests a day are being processed, up from 100,000 in mid-June.

Meanwhile, speaking earlier on Sunday, Foreign Minister Dominic Raab said the economy “needs to get people back to work”.

Mr Raab acknowledged that there would likely be “a bit more” remote work in the future.

However, he added: “It is important to send a message that we need to get Britain back on its feet, with the economy running on all cylinders. ”

Mr Raab also played down suggestions that coronavirus testing at airports would help travelers avoid mandatory quarantine.

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