UK records high­est daily num­ber of virus in­fec­tions

The In­de­pen­dent, Great Bri­tain (United King­dom), 30 Septem­ber 2020, https://www.pressreade­r.com/ar­ti­cle/2816253077­50563

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The UK has re­ported its largest daily tally for coro­n­avirus in­fec­tions, af­ter the govern­ment said around 7,100 more peo­ple had tested pos­i­tive for the virus. There had been a fur­ther 7,143 lab-con­firmed cases of Covid-19 as of 9am yes­ter­day, ac­cord­ing to govern­ment data. It is the high­est daily fig­ure for cases to date.

Ex­perts have pre­vi­ously warned that de­scrib­ing the daily fig­ure as a record could be "mis­lead­ing" as it is not clear how many peo­ple were ac­tu­ally in­fected dur­ing the height of the first wave due to a lack of com­mu­nity test­ing at the time.

Last week, the UK added daily fig­ures to its to­tal num­ber of in­fec­tions higher than any re­ported be­fore. The

7,143 new in­fec­tions re­ported yes­ter­day brought the UK’S case to­tal to 446,156.

The govern­ment also said a fur­ther 71 peo­ple had died within 28 days of test­ing pos­i­tive for Covid-19 as yes­ter­day. This took the to­tal death toll to 42,072. Sep­a­rate fig­ures pub­lished by the UK'S statis­tics agen­cies show there have now been nearly 57,900 deaths reg­is­tered in the UK where Covid-19 was men­tioned on the death cer­tifi­cate.

Fur­ther re­stric­tions have been brought in across the UK amid the surge in cases, in­clud­ing ex­panded rules over masks in Eng­land and a ban on vis­it­ing other house­holds in Scot­land.

New lo­cal reg­u­la­tions in Northum­ber­land, New­cas­tle, Gateshead, North and South Ty­ne­side, Sun­der­land and County Durham came into force at mid­night and will see fines im­posed if peo­ple mix with oth­ers from out­side their house­hold or bub­ble in in­door set­tings, in­clud­ing pubs and restaurant­s.

The Welsh Govern­ment said four lo­cal author­ity ar­eas in North Wales will be placed un­der lo­cal lock­downs. Re­stric­tions will be in­tro­duced in Den­bighshire, Flintshire, Conwy and Wrex­ham from 6pm to­mor­row to help con­trol the spread of the virus. The an­nounce­ment will af­fect around 504,000 peo­ple and will bring the num­ber of peo­ple in Wales un­der lock­down to more than 2.3 mil­lion.

(PA)

There were more than 7,000 cases were logged yes­ter­day

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