Public Health England Director Yvonne Doyle said a total of 6,634 cases of coronavirus have been recorded. It comes as the Prime Minister warned the coronavirus had “started to spread again in an exponential way” in the UK, before sending a stark warning that “many more deaths” would come if action was not taken now.
Describing the disease as “the single biggest crisis the world has faced in my lifetime”, Mr Johnson said he knew the country would succeed in pushing back the virus.
Mr Johnson added: “While the vast majority [of people] have complied with the rules, there have been too many breaches – too many opportunities for our invisible enemy to slip through undetected”.
The Prime Minister assured his Government would continue working “night and day” to protect the public from coronavirus.
He has, however, come under fire from a number of critics who say his senior aide, Dominic Cummings, flouting the rules without consequence did much damage to the public’s confidence in the Government and its pandemic response.
Coronavirus cases MAPPED: Highest daily cases since outbreak began – which areas are affected?
Coronavirus cases MAPPED: The highest number of cases since March was recorded on Thursday
Which areas are affected?
The UK has reported more than 6,000 news cases of coronavirus on Thursday.
A further 40 people are reported to have died in 28 days of testing positive for the virus, official Government figures show.
All of the deaths happened in England, aside from two in Scotland and one in Wales.
England recorded the vast majority of the cases with 5,632, followed by Scotland with 465 positive cases, Wales with 348 and Northern Ireland with 189.
Coronavirus cases MAPPED: London has the second highest rates of infection in England
Data from the Government shows the most affected area in England is by far the North West, which has 72,098 infections and a case rate of 982.1 in every 100,000 people.
The North West is closely followed by London which has shown 46,280 cases and 475.6 positive results in every 100,000 residents.
The third most highly-affected area is Yorkshire and the Humber with 44,830 cases and 814.7 people testing positive in every 100,000.
The South East and East Midlands come in next, with 41,521 and 30,921, and 452.3 and 639.4 cases in every 100,000, respectively.
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Coronavirus cases MAPPED: The South West recorded the lowest number of coronavirus cases
The least affected region of England is the South West, which has shown 16,817 positive infections and 299 in every 100,000 – significantly lower than anywhere else.
Despite the record number of cases, the UK is still nowhere near where it was at the peak of the virus in April and May.
At the time, researchers from Imperial College London suggested there were more than 100,000 new infections a day.
Many of these cases would have been missed at the time as consistent community testing only started in May.
Separate data has shown the number of people testing positive for the virus in England has increased nearly threefold since August.
According to the Government’s Test and Trace system, positive cases have risen by 180 percent since the end of last month.
The days between September 10 and 16 showed there were 19,278 new cases, the data shows.
The latest figures come as Chancellor Rishi Sunak unveiled a new scheme to support wages in a bid to avoid a redundancy crisis in the winter.
Designed to save long-term “viable” roles, the scheme will replace the existing furlough arrangement and will begin in November.
Source:Daily Express :: UK Feed