UK coronavirus cases soar by nearly 4,000, biggest daily increase since May


Just under 4,000 new cases of coronavirus have been detected in the past 24 hours.Today, 3,991 positive tests have been returned – the highest number since early May, when the pandemic was coming out of its peak.

According to data from the Ministry of Health, most cases in one day occurred on May 1, when 6,201 people tested positive.

It was two weeks after the UK’s peak in terms of deaths, when more than 1,200 people lost their lives.

Today, 20 more deaths have been added to the toll, including 17 in England, two in Northern Ireland and one in Scotland.

Yesterday, the coronavirus death toll jumped by 27 – the second highest daily increase since July 29.

3,105 more people have also tested positive for the bug.

On Monday, the death toll increased by nine, with 2,621 new cases of Covid-19 recorded.

This means that so far this week, 56 deaths have been added to the coronavirus death toll.

Yesterday, 27 more deaths were added to the toll

The number of daily cases has been trending upward in recent weeks.

During the summer months of June, July and August, daily cases ranged from a few hundred to 1,000.

Now that number is around 3,000 per day, despite widespread reports that people are struggling to get tested.

If the daily rate of cases continues to rise, severe new restrictions that limit mixing at work or in social settings could be introduced within weeks.

Many Britons have struggled to get tested in recent weeks

Government officials are considering all options – other than closing schools – to help keep the spiraling virus under control.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has ruled out a second nationwide lockdown – opting for localized lockdowns instead.

But he is believed to be planning a “back door” if the virus continues to climb.

New measures that could prevent the virus from spreading include reinstating the shield for the most vulnerable and ads being forced to close early if people don’t obey existing rules.

Boris Johnson is said to be planning second lockdown

They could also – possibly – include telling the public to use public transport only when strictly necessary and to work from home.

It comes after the government’s ‘rule of six’ came into effect – meaning Britons could face hefty fines if caught socializing with more than five friends or relatives.

A decision will have to be made within fifteen days – the time needed to assess whether the last social restriction has had an effect.

A prominent government official told ITV they are considering “just about any social distancing measure should be considered outside of school closures.”


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