UK coronavirus cases jump by 20,890 as deaths see biggest Monday rise since May

The UK has recorded almost 21,000 new coronavirus cases overnight, as deaths rose by more than 100.

Another 102 Covid-19 fatalities were reported in the past 24 hours, while another 20,890 infections were confirmed.

Today’s rise in deaths marks the highest increase on a Monday since May 25, when 104 fatalities were recorded.

It brings the country’s official death toll to 44,998.

However, separate figures published by the Office for National Statistics show there have now been 59,000 deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

The Government said that, as of 9am on Monday, a further 20,890 lab-confirmed cases of the virus had been recorded across the country.

This brings the total number of infections in Britain since the start of the pandemic to 894,690.

Meanwhile, a further 91 people who tested positive for coronavirus were confirmed to have died in hospitals in England – bringing the country’s hospital death toll to 31,910.

The patients were aged between 44 and 95 and all had known underlying health conditions, NHS England said.

The update comes as the Government faced criticism for looking at the possibility of easing the rules for people ordered to self-isolate after coming into contact with someone who had tested positive for the disease because of low levels of stay-at-home compliance.

Ministers confirmed they were looking at reducing the time that people have to quarantine at home from 14 days to between 10 days and a week. But Number 10 insisted no decision had been made yet.

Paul Hunter, professor of medicine at the University of East Anglia, told the Today programme it “would certainly increase the risk of transmission” because people infected in the last stage of the incubation period would be “allowed to be back out in public”.

But Health Secretary Matt Hancock pointed to France as an example of where a similar measure had been introduced and said any changes would be “about the overall clinical judgment” of what was necessary.


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