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Another 14,162 coronavirus cases recorded in UK

Written by on 7 October 2020

The UK has recorded another 14,162 coronavirus cases.

Wednesday’s figure is a slight fall compared with the 14,542 new infections announced yesterday.

The latest numbers follow several days of confusion as 16,000 cases in England were missed by the NHS Test and Trace scheme.

The government said a further 70 people had died within 28 days of testing for COVID-19 as of Wednesday, a fall from the 76 deaths reported the previous day. This brings the UK total to 42,515.

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There have now been 58,000 deaths registered in the UK where COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, separate figures published by the UK’s statistics agencies have shown.

It was also announced that 2,944 COVID-19 patients were in hospital in England as of Wednesday – up from 1,958 a week ago.

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And 376 COVID-19 hospital patients were in ventilation beds, up from 281 a week ago.

A total of 472 patients with confirmed coronavirus were admitted to hospitals in England on Monday, compared with 308 a week earlier.

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson is facing fresh pressure to consider a tighter national lockdown as the country continues to grapple with COVID-19.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said 19 of the 20 areas subjected to local measures for two months had seen infection rates increase at Prime Minister’s Questions earlier.

A medical professional in PPE, including gloves, an apron and a face mask as a precautionary measure against Covid-19, pushes a patient, also waering a facemask, as he lays on a bed, inside St Thomas' Hospital in north London, on April 1, 2020, as life in Britain continues during the nationwide lockdown to combat the novel coronavirus pandemic. - Britain reported 563 daily coronavirus deaths on Wednesday, the first time the national toll has exceeded 500, bringing the total fatalities to 2,352,
Figures for hospital admissions are the highest since June

The figures for hospital admissions and patients on ventilators in England are the highest since June, and case numbers have continued to rise. A fortnight ago, there were 4,926 cases recorded on 22 September.

Mr Johnson hinted that tougher measures could be needed in London and the Midlands.

“I wish I could pretend that everything was going to be rosy in the Midlands or indeed in London where, alas, we are also seeing infections rise,” he said, before calling for a “concerted national effort”.

Meanwhile, Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced tougher restrictions on Wednesday.

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She announced that pubs, restaurants and cafes in are being barred from selling alcohol indoors for more than two weeks.

They can continue selling food and non-alcoholic drinks indoors until 6pm and are able to sell alcohol outside up until the 10pm curfew.