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Highest ever number of new coronavirus cases recorded in the UK

Written by on 29 September 2020

There have been another 7,143 cases of coronavirus reported in the UK in the last 24 hours – a big rise on yesterday’s total of 4,044.

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.

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.

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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.