Covid: UK announces more than 10,000 daily cases for first time

There were 12,872 new cases, while a further 49 people have died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19.There were 12,872 new cases, while a further 49 people have died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19.

However, the government said a technical issue meant previously-unannounced cases from the past week had been added to the day's total.

It comes after data released this week

This data was based on weekly testing among a sample of people in the community to get an idea of how many people in England have the virus at any time.

But the government also closely watches the daily number of positive cases, as it provides the most up-to-date snapshot.

However, it published a cautionary message on its

, explaining that the totals reported over the coming days would include some cases from the previous week, "increasing the number of cases reported".

The daily total saw a significant rise from 4,044 on Monday to a then-high of 7,143 on Tuesday. However, over the next four days the daily total remained stable - varying between 6,914 and 7,108 - before the big leap in numbers announced on Saturday.

The figures announced on Saturday would also have been partially inflated by the fact that 264,979 tests were processed the previous day, the third highest there has been so far in a single 24-hour period.

Saturday's figure brings the total number of recorded cases in the UK to 480,017.

On the same day, France recorded 16,972 new cases - a new daily high for the country.

On Saturday tighter restrictions

after a spike in coronavirus cases.

It is now illegal to meet people indoors from other households in the Liverpool City Region, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough and Warrington.

It means than a third of the UK is now under heightened restrictions.

They were

Northumberland, Gateshead, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Sunderland and County Durham, as well as

The new rules come as

after testing positive for Covid.

Elsewhere,

for two weeks.

The new rules - which also apply to the Caribbean islands of Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba - came into force at 04:00 BST on Saturday.

After a steady decline since the first peak in April, confirmed coronavirus daily cases in the UK have been rising again since July, with the rate of growth increasing sharply from the end of August.

Sage, the body which advises the UK government, say it is still "highly likely" the epidemic is growing exponentially across the country.

Read the full story at https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-54404561

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