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UK coronavirus cases are starting to spike

by LLB staff reporter
17th Aug 20 11:08 am

Coronavirus cases are increasing as more than 1,000 new infections were recorded on Sunday, and the UK recorded the highest number in eight weeks on Saturday.

Friday there were 1,441 cases which was the largest rise in 24 hours for two months, on Saturday there were a further 1,012 and Sunday recorded 1,040.

This comes two weeks after Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned that the UK could be seeing a second wave striking the country.

The UK’s total number of confirmed cases in all settings now stands at 317,379, however deaths from the virus are falling, as there was five recorded on Sunday bringing the total 41,366.

Across Greater Manchester, Lancashire, West Yorkshire and Leicester, there are 20 towns and cities who are on the government’s red list.

Localised lockdowns currently remain in Blackburn with Darwen and Leicester which have infections rates at 77.9 and 56.3 per 100,000 population respectively.

However, last week an expert claimed that the UK is not “at the beginning of a second wave” as we are “still trying to end the first.”

Tim Spector, professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College London said, “It’s encouraging to see that the numbers are coming down slightly across the UK and that the isolated outbreaks in the North of England appear to be well contained so far.”

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