Coronavirus: UK reports third highest number of daily COVID-19 cases ever | UK News

Coronavirus: UK reports third highest number of daily COVID-19 cases ever | UK News

The UK has reported 6,178 new coronavirus cases – the highest daily total in four months. 

There have only been two days since the pandemic began which have exceeded this total – 1 May, when there were 6,201 confirmed cases and 5 April, when there were 6,199.

Sky’s science correspondent Thomas Moore said: “Far greater testing is detecting more cases now than in the spring, but the spike will underline the urgency of action to stem a second wave.”

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The UK’s positivity rate – the ratio of positive tests to number of tests overall – is now at 2.51%, compared with below 1% for most of July and early August.

This is edging towards the World Health Organisation’s recommended level of below 5% and suggests that the number of infections is growing.

However, we are still nowhere near a realistic comparison to the peak of April and May, when Imperial College researchers have suggested there were more than 100,000 new infections a day.

Many of these cases would have been missed at the time as more consistent community testing began in May.

The country reported 4,926 daily confirmed cases on Tuesday.

A further 37 people have died within 28 days of testing positive for COVID-19 as of Wednesday, bringing the UK’s total death toll to 41,862.

Hospital admissions are also rising, with 1,469 COVID-19 patients in hospital on Wednesday compared with 1,319 on Tuesday.

Mr Moore added: “It takes around 10 days from developing symptoms to needing hospital care and many scientists fear the surge in cases will lead to increasing pressure on hospitals in early October.”

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It follows a stark warning from the prime minister on Tuesday as he revealed new restrictions for England.

In a televised address to the nation, he announced a curfew for pubs and restaurants, further face mask restrictions, tougher rules for weddings and encouraged office staff to work from home.

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