UK coronavirus cases rise by 6,874 – a new high for second day in a row

UK coronavirus cases have risen by 6,874 today – reaching a new high for the second day in a row.

Today's figures bring the total number of Covid-19 cases to 423,236.

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There were 34 more deaths recorded overnight taking the total to 41,936.

Yesterday, cases rose by 6,634 in what was the highest increase a day as 40 deaths were recorded.

There was a 95 per cent increase on the number of new cases reported at the same time last week.

Today's figures come as

  • The coronavirus R-rate rises across the UK
  • Britain could be heading for another national lockdown
  • London is placed on coronavirus lockdown ‘watch list’
  • Covid cases jump 60 per cent in a week

The coronavirus R rate has gone up again across the UK – and could be as high as 1.5, experts have warned.

Government scientists say the epidemic is continuing to grow with the Covid reproduction rate now somewhere between 1.2 and 1.5.

Regarding recent spikes in coronavirus cases, Public Health England medical director Yvonne Doyle said: "This is the highest number recorded and a stark warning for us all. The signals are clear.

"Positivity rates are rising across all age groups and we’re continuing to see spikes in rates of admission to hospital and critical care.

"We must all follow the new measures that have been bought in to help control the virus and download the new NHS Covid-19 App which is the fastest way of knowing when you’re at risk."

According to the Department of Health and Social Care, more than one in 10 people in England have now been tested for coronavirus.

Experts have previously warned the daily figures could be "misleading" as there was not as much testing at the height of the pandemic.

However, the UK's positivity rate – the ratio of positive tests to number of tests overall – is now at 2.51 per cent, compared with below one per cent for most of July and early August.

This is edging towards the World Health Organisation's recommended level of below 5 per cent and suggests that the number of infections is growing.

But Sir Patrick Vallance warned Brits on Monday that the increase in positive cases is not just because more people are being tested than earlier in the pandemic.

Speaking on Monday he said: “Could that increase be due to increased testing? The answer is no.

“We see an increase in positivity of the tests done, so we see the proportion of people testing positive has increased even if testing stays flat.”

Chief Medical Officer Prof Chris Whitty echoed these thoughts, adding: "in every age group we've seen an increase".

He then explained this was because of an increase in test positivity and results of an ONS study, which says around 70,000 people in the UK have Covid-19.

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