The Department for Health has confirmed 3,330 new coronavirus infections have been recorded on Sunday– 167 fewer than the previous day. On Saturday it was announced the number of people testing positive for COVID-19 was 3,497. The Department has also recorded five more coronavirus-related deaths, taking the number of fatalities in the UK to 41,628.
Meanwhile, millions of people deemed to be at risk of serious illness from COVID-19 will be asked to stay at home again or given tailored advice on protecting themselves if cases rise to dangerous levels, it has been claimed.
A new “risk model” based on factors such as underlying health conditions, age, sex and weight will receive letters containing specific advice.
The plan is initially due to operate in areas with severe levels of infection, but officials are prepared to roll it out nationwide if required, reports suggest.
A DHSC spokeswoman said of the plans: “We keep all aspects of our response to the pandemic under review and in line with the advice of our scientific and medical experts.
Shielding for the clinically extremely vulnerable has been paused since the start of August in most of the country while average rates of coronavirus remain low.
“Shielding is still advised in specific areas of the country where prevalence of the virus is higher.”
At the same time, concerns have grown over an increase in Covid-19 cases in care homes, prompting the Government to send an alert to care providers to highlight the rising rates and to call for action.
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5.10pm update: Northern Ireland records 87 new COVID-19 cases
A further 87 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.
No further deaths were recorded, the Health Department said.
4.45pm update: Coronavirus testing programme has backlog of 185,000 swabs – leaked report
The Government’s coronavirus testing programme is dealing with a backlog of 185,000 swabs, with tests being sent to labs in Italy and Germany as the system faces criticism for struggling to meet demand, according to a leaked report published in the Sunday Times.
The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) insists that the capacity of the NHS Test and Trace system is at the highest it has ever been, but said there has been a “significant” demand for tests.
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4.15pm update: Coronavirus infections rise by 3,330 in the UK – five more deaths
The Department for Health has confirmed 3,330 new coronavirus infections have been recorded – 167 fewer than the previous day.
On Sunday, the number of people testing positive for COVID-19 was 3,497.
The Department has also recorded five more coronavirus-related deaths, taking the number of fatalities in the UK to 41,628.
3.50pm update: Wales reports 162 new coronavirus infection – zero deaths
Wales has reported a further 162 cases of coronavirus, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 19,390.
Public Health Wales said no further deaths had been reported, with the total number of deaths since the beginning of the pandemic remaining at 1,597.
3.15pm update: Five more patients die from coronavirus in hospitals in England
A further five people who tested positive for coronavirus have died in hospital in England, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals to 29,661, NHS England.
Patients were aged between 67 and 86 and all had known underlying health conditions.
The dates of the deaths were September 11 and September 12.
2:15pm update: Record number of new daily cases in Scotland in four months
244 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Scotland in the past 24 hours, the highest daily figure since May 6.
The Scottish Government statistics show that 22,679 people have now tested positive in Scotland, up from 22,435 the day before.
No deaths of confirmed COVID-19 patients have been recorded in the past 24 hours and the number of fatalities remains at 2,499.
There are 259 people in hospital confirmed to have the virus, down by two in 24 hours.
1:30pm update: Second wave signs in Austria
Austria is experiencing the start of a second wave of infections, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said, as cases spike upwards in line with other EU countries.
From Friday to Saturday, the Alpine nation of nearly nine million people reported 869 new cases – more than half of them in the capital Vienna.
In a statement, Kurz warns that the mark of 1,000 cases per day will be reached soon.
12:45pm update: Irish quarantine reforms
Ireland plans to replace its current system of travel quarantines with the European Union’s proposed coordinated system as soon as it is ready, Prime Minister Micheal Martin told RTE television.
The European Commission earlier this month proposed a common traffic light system for EU member states to coordinate border controls and remedy the current, confusing patchwork of COVID-19 restrictions on travellers across Europe.
Ryanair, Ireland’s dominant airline, on Friday called on Martin’s government to commit to implementing the EU plan.
11:45am update: UK was right to abandon herd immunity strategy to tackle COVID-19
Dr Anthony Fauci says the UK was right to abandon a herd immunity strategy in the early stages of the crisis.
The American physician told LBC: “You have to act on the data you have.
“You have to make changes based on the most recent and most well-founded evidence and data.”
11am update: India records another record high number of COVID-19 cases
India reported 94,372 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Sunday, taking total cases past 4.7 million, as infection numbers rose in several states amid a gradual opening up of businesses.
The number of deaths rose to 78,586, with 1,114 new deaths, health ministry data showed.
While several states showed a rise in infections, including the capital New Delhi and the central Chhattisgarh state, the highest numbers were from the India’s biggest and richest state, Maharashtra, which reported 8,204 fresh cases.
Maharashtra’s Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray in a news briefing on Sunday urged residents to wear masks and maintain social distancing, amid growing fatigue over a drawn-out lockdown that has made many lax about taking precautions.
10:15am update: Arrests made during protests in Melbourne
Police in Australia’s Victoria state arrested 74 people and fined 176 for breaching public health orders as scattered protests against a weeks-long coronavirus lockdown continued for a second straight day across Melbourne.
A riot squad marched through fruit and vegetable stalls at the city’s landmark, the Queen Victoria market, before the scuffling with protesters erupted, with some people throwing fruit at the police, television footage showed.
Victoria Police said in a statement that there were between 200 and 250 people involved in the protests, but there were no immediately known injuries to the police.
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9:30am update: UK must act quickly to prevent further growth
Professor Peter Openshaw praised the systems that have detected the UK’s rise in coronavirus cases but said people must act quickly to prevent further growth.
He told Sky’s Sophy Ridge On Sunday: “Everyone is in agreement that we really need to act very quickly now in order to prevent this from growing exponentially.
“We must act fast because it’s so much harder to get this sort of thing under control if you delay even a few days is potentially going to be quite dangerous at this particular moment.”
When asked if he agreed with the idea that the UK was “losing control” of the virus, he added: “It’s a bit like water seeping through a dam, it starts as a trickle and if you don’t do something about it it can turn into a real cascade.”
8:45am update: Separate UK nation approach to dealing with COVID-19
Linda Bauld, Professor of Public Health at the University of Edinburgh, said the UK has diverged from a four nations approach to tackling coronavirus.
She told BBC Breakfast: “We are well off that.”
Addressing differences in measures restricting household gatherings across the UK, she said: “The differences are minor… but what I am concerned about is the mixing of households.
“In England it’s six people from any household, but then children are included including a baby which doesn’t quite make sense to me, and then in Scotland it’s a maximum of two households.
“It’s that inter-household mixing which is more risky from a public health perspective.”
8am update: Everyone should be tested for COVID-19, says Blair
People without coronavirus symptoms should be tested for the disease, even if the results are not “fully accurate”, former prime minister Tony Blair has insisted.
Mr Blair said that as the “largest part” of those who contract COVID-19 do not display symptoms of the virus, it was “sensible” for testing to be made more widely available.
Back in June, the former Labour leader had called for a mass coronavirus testing regime to be adopted, arguing this could help keep the disease in check.
He has now called on the UK to ensure it is using all its available capacity for tests.
(Additional reporting by Richard Percival)
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