UK records another 3,900 coronavirus cases and 18 more deaths

The UK has recorded another 3,899 cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours, while 18 more people have died after testing positive. 

Today’s figures mean there have now been 394,257 cases since the pandemic began and 41,759 deaths. 

It is the first day in three that the number of new cases has not topped 4,000, but there does tend to be a lag in reports over the weekend. The surge in cases comes amid growing alarm about a second wave and the possibility of another national lockdown. 

The latest data comes amid plans to fine anyone who fails to self isolate up to £10,000. The Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, said he would snitch on his neighbour for not following the rules and suggested the UK was at a ‘tipping point’ for more lockdown measures. 

The Government’s figures cover deaths in all settings, including care homes and the wider community, with all deaths within 28 days of a positive test included. 

Data shows there are 1,081 patients in hospital and 138 in ventilator beds. A further 134 were admitted to hospital in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 136,330.

Meanwhile, in separate figures published earlier on Sunday, NHS England said a further 12 people who tested positive for coronavirus have died in hospitals in the country, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals to 29,747.

Patients were aged between 62 and 98 and all had known underlying health conditions.

The dates of the deaths were between April 30 and September 19, with the majority on or after September 18.

Three other deaths were reported with no positive Covid-19 test result.

It comes as pubs and bars were warned that they ‘could close next week’, as Boris Johnson was urged to act now.

The prime minister is due to address the nation over a possible winter lockdown, possibly as early as Tuesday, reports said. 

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