A further 30 people have died with coronavirus, bringing the UK’s death toll to 41,584.
There were another 2,948 confirmed positive cases of Covid-19 recorded in the past 24 hours, meaning the nation has now seen 352,520 infections since the start of the pandemic. There were 175,687 tests processed on Monday, with a capacity of 369,937.
Government data stated that 124 people were admitted to hospital with the virus, bringing the total number of Covid-19 patients to 756. Of those, 77 require a ventilator for their treatment.
NHS England reported eight deaths in hospitals today, all of which took place in the last 10 days. There were no new hospital deaths in Wales, while Scotland and Northern Ireland are yet to update their figures.
The growing number of coronavirus cases across the UK have sparked concern that the government could soon implement a second national lockdown. Bolton has already been put on ‘red alert’, with residents no longer allowed to visit other households, eat inside restaurants or visit bars after 10pm.
Three of England’s biggest cities are also being carefully assessed due to the rapid increase in Covid-19 cases. Birmingham, Leeds and Liverpool have all recorded notable week-on-week jumps in infection rates.
The biggest spike was in Birmingham, where 712 people caught the virus in the seven days up to Saturday. Official data shows there were more than 60 cases per 100,000 residents in the week to September 4, compared with 28.1 the week before.
In Leeds, residents were also warned they face restrictions on movement due to a rise in new cases driven by young people. In the past week, the infection rate has risen from 29.6 per 100,000 to 47.9 per 100,000.
The city was placed on Public Health England’s weekly watch list on Friday, but a day later pictures showed the city centre bustling with people who were failing to stick to social distancing.
In Liverpool cases have increased from 14.9 per 100,000 to 35.7 per 100,000 in the past week. As many as 200 pupils are now having to self-isolate after positive covid cases were traced to eight of the city’s schools.
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