Coronavirus: UK reports 14,542 new cases – almost 2,000 more than yesterday
The UK reported 14,542 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday – an increase of almost 2,000 compared with yesterday.
Government data also shows that there have been 76 deaths within 28 days of a positive test.
It comes after several days of confusion as 16,000 cases in England were missed by the NHS Test and Trace scheme.
Downing Street said that as of 9.30am this morning, 63% of the positive cases had been contacted by Test and Trace following the data glitch over the weekend.
In the 24 hours to 9am on Monday, the UK had reported 12,594 cases and 19 deaths.
Cases continue to rise across parts of England, with the latest weekly infection figures showing that Manchester’s rate has soared, with 2,927 new cases recorded in the seven days to 2 October – the equivalent of 529.4 cases per 100,000 people.
Knowsley and Liverpool have the second and third highest rates, at 498.5 and 487.1.
Nottingham City Council is urging people to follow stricter guidelines as coronavirus cases at universities in the region continue to climb.
In Scotland, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said new coronavirus restrictions – set to be announced on Wednesday – will not equate to a second lockdown.
She said the new measures will not include travel restrictions on the whole country except for “hotspot” areas in some cases, and the public will not be asked to stay in their own homes.
MPs are set to vote today on the regulations which enforce the rule of six in England.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has urged MPs to back the rule, with his official spokesman describing the ban on more than six people mixing as a “sensible and helpful” measure.
During his Conservative Party conference speech on Tuesday, Mr Johnson set out promises on social care, green energy and housing as he launched a strident defence of the private sector and vowed to “build back better” from the COVID-19 crisis.
He predicted the coronavirus pandemic would be a “trigger for an acceleration of social and economic change, because we human beings will not simply content ourselves with a repair job”.
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