Another 10 people die with coronavirus as UK cases rise by 1,940

A further 10 people with coronavirus have died in the UK, bringing the total death toll to 41,537.

New figures released by the Government show the number of new cases is continuing to rise across the country, with 1,940 confirmed in the last 24 hours.

This is the highest daily rise since May 30. Case numbers had been rising at about 1,000 a day for most of August, but have started to increase more rapidly in recent days.

The stats cover deaths in all settings, including hospitals, care homes and the wider community which have occurred 28 days after being diagnosed with the disease. 

Separately, NHS England has announced that a further 11 people who tested positive for coronavirus have died in hospital in England, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals to 29,596.

Patients were aged between 48 and 95 and all had known underlying health conditions. They died between August 2 and September 2, with the majority on September 2.

In Scotland, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases has risen by 159 amid a warning that lockdown measures could be reintroduced in Lanarkshire because of rising infection rates in the region.

Scottish Government figures revealed the second-highest increase in people testing positive for Covid-19 in three months – only one case fewer than Monday’s total.

The number of new cases is also a sharp increase on the 101 patients who tested positive in the 24-hour period announced on Thursday.

Although no new deaths of patients have been registered in the past 24 hours, the death of a person in August has now been added to the total, which stands at 2,496 casualties.

There have been no further reported deaths of people who tested positive for coronavirus in Wales, health officials have said.

Public Health Wales said the total number of Covid-19 cases in the country had increased by 51, bringing the revised confirmed cases to 18,206.

Elsewhere, in Northern Ireland, another 61 people have tested positive for Covid-19, the Department of Health said.

Some 439 new cases of the virus have been detected in the last seven days, bringing the total in the region to 7,503. One further death was reported in Northern Ireland on Friday, bringing the total to 564.

It comes as Leeds was added to a watch list of ‘areas of concern’ after its seven-day infection rate increased to 29.4 cases per 100,000 people.

Council leaders heave warned they will have ‘no alternative’ but to introduce another lockdown if cases continue to rise in the next week.

Residents of the town of Hemel Hempstead in Hertfordshire have also been warned that further restrictions could be introduced imminently due to an outbreak there.

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