Coronavirus death toll rises by five to 41,366 as infections increase by 1,040

THE UK's coronavirus death toll rose by five in the last 24 hours bringing the total fatalities to 41,366.

And according to Government data, the number of daily infections rose by 1,040.

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Deaths are up by two from yesterday, and cases up by 28 as fears mount of a second surge.

However, cases are down by 20 from last week when 1,062 people in the UK tested positive for coronavirus on Sunday, August 9.

On Friday, 1,441 cases were logged – which is the highest daily increase for two months.

The rise in cases is most likely due to an increase in testing as 182,987 tests were carried out in the last 24 hours.

In total, the UK has carried out over 14 million tests and hospital admissions are actually down.

It comes after a weekend of quarantine panic as travellers to France were notified they would need to isolate for 14 days on their return with just 24-hours notice.

And it was revealed the Government was told months ago testing people coming to the UK from "red list" countries could help end "quarantine roulette".

Experts said in June upping tests for holidaymakers returning from countries with spiking covid rates would put a stop to the quarantine chaos.

Minutes from Sage back in June show the panel asked Public Health England to consider testing holidaymakers twice – once at the border and again five to eight days later, which would enable quarantine to end after just over a week.

The minutes show experts think double-testing would pick up more cases, and could help spot problem routes, as well as ensuring people were quarantining.

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