UK records more than 1,000 coronavirus cases for fifth day in a row
Written by Hit Music Radio News on 15/08/2020
The UK has seen a spike in coronavirus cases for the fifth day running.
According to the latest figures from the government, there were 1,012 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Saturday.
It’s down from Friday’s figure of 1,441, which was the highest daily rise for two months, but marks the fifth day in a row that more than 1,000 new cases have been recorded.
Overall, a total of 317,379 cases have been confirmed.
The government also said 41,361 people have died in the UK within 28 days of testing positive for the coronavirus, an increase of three from the day before.
Due to different reporting methods, figures from health bodies in each home nation and those published by the UK’s statistics agencies do not necessarily tally with the government’s total.
NHS England said four more people had died in hospital in England as of Saturday after testing positive for the virus.
The patients were aged between 66 and 88 and they all had known underlying health conditions.
The total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England is now 29,456.
Public Health Wales said the total number of cases in the country had increased by 27, bringing the revised total of confirmed cases to 17,543, while deaths rose by one to 1,587.
It comes as spikes in cases were reported in several European countries.
France reported 3,310 new infections on Saturday over the past 24 hours, marking a post-lockdown high for the fourth consecutive day.
As of 4am on Saturday, travellers arriving from France to the UK have to quarantine for 14 days due to fears over rising numbers of COVID-19 cases in the country.
Meanwhile, the number of confirmed cases in Germany rose by 1,415 to 222,828 on Saturday – the biggest increase since late April.
© Sky News 2020