Coronavirus cases in the UK leap by 35 per cent in just a week as 18,804 cases recorded and 80 deathsOctober 19, 2020
CORONAVIRUS cases in the UK jumped by 18,804 today – the third highest 24-hour rise ever.
It means today's infection rate is 35 per cent greater than last Monday's, when 13,972 were diagnosed with the bug.
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Another 80 deaths were confirmed in the last 24 hours, bringing the nation's overall death toll to 43,726.
Today's figures mean a total of 741,212 have now tested positive for coronavirus in Britain since the start of the pandemic.
The rise in cases has only ever been higher than it was today on October 14 (19,724), October 15 (18,980) and October 4 when a computer glitch caused 22,961 cases to be recorded on one single day.
Today's spike is also significantly greater than it was last Monday, when 13,972 infections were logged.
It comes as…
- Wales to be plunged into two-week ‘fire break’ lockdown with all pubs & shops shut from Friday
- Manchester hospitals 3 weeks away from being unable to cope with Covid as pressure builds to agree Tier 3 lockdown
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- Black Friday could last ALL of November as shops want to avoid large crowds due to coronavirus
In England, 76 more deaths were confirmed, bringing the total number of deaths in English hospitals to 31,047.
The patients, who died between October 9 and October 18, were aged between 47 and 99 – and all but one had underlying health conditions.
In Scotland, 993 new cases were recorded today and one more death was confirmed.
Wales, which announced a "fire-break" lockdown today, also recorded one more fatality in the last 24 hours along with 626 new infections.
Six more deaths were reported in Northern Ireland.
It comes as Wales prepares for a two-week "circuit breaker" lockdown from 6pm on Friday – when all pubs and shops will be forced to shut.
First Minister Mark Drakeford said this lunchtime: "Between the 23rd of October and the 9th of November, everyone in Wales will be required to stay at home.
"All non-essential retail, leisure, hospitality and tourism businesses will close, just as they had to during the March lockdown."
It means everyone in Wales will have to work from home during that period unless they are "essential workers".
Leisure centres, gyms, hairdressers and beauty services will also have to close and no gatherings will be allowed outdoors including for Halloween and Bonfire night.
The strict new measures will make England the only part of the UK which won't have some form of national "circuit breaker" lockdown as Boris Johnson refuses to to shut down the country again.
When asked if England could follow Wales with a "circuit breaker" lockdown, the PM's spokesman said: “The PM continues to believe that targeted local action in those areas of high prevalence of the virus is the correct course.”.
It comes as Boris Johnson builds pressure on Greater Manchester's Mayor Andy Burnham to agree to tougher local measures.
The Northern city now looks to be forced into a Tier three lockdown without its leader's consent as it gets close to running out of emergency hospital beds and becoming overwhelmed.
Mr Burnham today slapped down Boris Johnson's offer of up to £100million of extra cash for the region in a Tier 3 scenario, saying it wasn't about "the size of the cheque".
Cases in the over 60 age group in Greater Manchester have tripled in the most recent two week period, No10 said today, and hospital admissions are doubling every nine days.
Currently the number of Covid patients in intensive care is at 40 per cent of the number during the first peak, but this is expected to "significantly rise over the next weeks", the PM's spokesperson said.
They predicted that intensive care in Greater Manchester would be full by October 28 and the first peak would be passed by November 2.
Covid patients could take up the entire intensive care capacity in the region by 8 November.
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