Coronavirus: UK’s weekly rate of new COVID-19 cases rises above quarantine level
The UK’s weekly rate of new coronavirus cases has risen above 20 per 100,000 people – the rate at which it considers imposing quarantine measures on people arriving from abroad.
In the seven days to 7 September, there were 21.3 cases per 100,000 – up from 13.9 in the seven days to 31 August.
In the 48 hours to 9am on Monday, there were almost 6,000 new positive tests, according to the latest figures from the Department of Health and Social Care.
Some 2,988 cases were reported in the 24 hours to 9am on Sunday, while a further 2,948 were reported in same period to 9am on Monday.
Comparisons between recent and past cases should be made with caution.
The number of confirmed cases is heavily dependent on how many people – and who – is tested.
This has changed significantly since the start of the pandemic, with the number of tests processed each day increasing significantly.
Community testing has also expanded, whereas previously, access was limited to symptomatic patients and key workers.
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