18,804 new coronavirus cases in the UK, as 80 more deaths confirmed
Written by Rother Radio News on 19/10/2020
A further 18,804 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the UK, and 80 new deaths have been reported.
It takes the total case numbers to 741,212 and the total number of deaths, according to the government, to 43,726.
On Sunday, 16,982 new daily cases of the virus were recorded – up slightly from 16,717 on Saturday.
Also on Sunday, Wales recorded 950 cases, up from just 400 at the start of the month. Scotland recorded 316 cases – a drop of 851 positive cases from the day before. Meanwhile, Northern Ireland recorded 1,012.
The latest update came as stricter lockdown measures are being implemented across huge swathes of the UK to stem the spread of the disease.
Wales’ First Minister Mark Drakeford has confirmed that his administration will impose a short, sharp “firebreak” to slow the spread of COVID-19 from Friday.
Worldwide, confirmed coronavirus cases have topped 40 million.
© Sky News 2020