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UK daily cases and deaths remain steady, official figures show

Written by on 15 October 2020

The UK daily number of coronavirus cases and COVID-related deaths has remained very similar to yesterday’s numbers.

Government figures show that another 18,980 confirmed cases have been reported.

On Wednesday, 19,724 cases were reported.

The official government data website shows a further 138 deaths have been recorded, compared with 137 yesterday.

Coronavirus cases had been rising throughout the week as the government attempts to get a handle on a spike in infections across the country.

The latest figures bring the total number of positive cases to 673,622 and the total number of coronavirus-related deaths to 43,293.

Separate figures published by the UK’s statistics agencies show there have now been 58,500 deaths registered in the UK where COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

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More areas of England are set to move to Tier 2 lockdown restrictions on Saturday.

London, Essex, Elmbridge, Barrow-in-Furness, North East Derbyshire, Erewash, Chesterfield and York are moving to the “high risk” category, meaning different households cannot meet indoors.

Southend and Thurrock in Essex are not included in the new measures because they are unitary authorities.

The government is also in talks with Greater Manchester leaders about moving the area into Tier 3, the toughest set of restrictions, which would see household mixing banned completely and pubs and bars closed.

Leaders in the North West have rejected the proposals, saying they “will not be the canaries in the coal mine” and have slammed the plans as “flawed” unless improved financial support is offered.