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Another 6,914 coronavirus cases and 59 deaths recorded in UK

Written by on 1 October 2020

Another 6,914 coronavirus cases have been recorded in the UK over the last day – a fall of 194 on yesterday.

The government also said a further 59 people who tested positive for COVID-19 had died, taking the total to 42,202.

Seventy-one deaths were recorded on both Tuesday and Wednesday.

The deaths figures record people who died within 28 days of their first positive test, but COVID-19 may not be the actual cause of death in all cases.

Today’s positive test figure is 280 more than last Thursday.

UK infections are still much lower than the peak of the pandemic when some experts, including chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance, suggest there were around 100,000 new daily cases.

Only a fraction of the true number of cases are believed to have been picked up as testing was not being done in the community, as it is now.

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It comes as new postcode-lockdowns were announced in Liverpool, Warrington, Hartlepool and Middlesbrough.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the measures were needed because “in some parts of the country, the virus is spreading fast”, with cases increasing to 268 per 100,000 people in Liverpool.

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He said the spikes were “highly localised” and that recent actions are having a “positive impact”.

“What we’re doing to respond to these awful circumstances is starting to work, so don’t let up,” he said in a Commons statement.

Yesterday, during a news conference, Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged people to continue following coronavirus rules amid an “uptick” in hospitalisations for the virus.