Highest ever number of new coronavirus cases recorded in the UK
Written by Rother Radio News on 29/09/2020
There have been another 7,143 cases of coronavirus reported in the UK in the last 24 hours – the biggest rise since the pandemic began.
71 deaths have also been recorded – the highest number since 1 July.
The significant rise in COVID-19 cases comes after the number of positive tests falling at the weekend, with Monday’s figure at 4,044 cases.
Historically, reported cases on Tuesdays tend to be higher, due a weekend lag.
The latest figure for cases is still likely to be far below the numbers of cases in the country in April and May, when Imperial College suggested there were more than 100,000 new infections each day.
Tuesday’s 7,143 new cases is an increase of five-times more than it was four weeks ago, when 1,295 cases were reported.
Over the past week, the number of people dying in the UK with COVID-19 has almost doubled, from 37 to 71.
There are 2,049 coronavirus patients in hospital across the UK, up until the 27 September, a rise from 1,331 in the previous week.
There are 262 patients in ventilator beds.
The prime minister is expected to give an update on the outbreak on Wednesday from Downing Street, alongside Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty, and Chief Scientific Officer Sir Patrick Vallance, amid the recent surge in cases.
On Monday, the government announced that household mixing in the north east of England would be banned from Wednesday evening, amid a surge in cases in the region.
It was already illegal for two households to mix indoors or in the garden, but until now it was only guidance that they should not meet in public venues such as restaurants and pubs.
There had also been worries that university students would be forced to stay in their accommodation over the Christmas period, however the education secretary, Gavin Williamson, said that they will be able to return to families but some may have to self-isolate beforehand.
© Sky News 2020