By Rachael Grealish
Cases of coronavirus have gone up by almost 4,000 in the last 24 hours.
The Department of Health reports that a further 20 people have died with coronavirus, within 28 days of being diagnosed – along with 3,991 positive cases.
This is the highest number of positive cases since early May when the pandemic was still close to its peak.
According to the DoH on May 1, 6,201 people tested positive for COVID in one day – just two weeks after the UK’s estimated peak where sadly over 1,200 people lost their lives to the virus.
There have now been 378,219 positive cases of Coronavirus in the UK.
Today, Wednesday September 16, unfortunately, another 20 people lost their lives – 17 in England, two in Northern Ireland and one in Scotland. No deaths have been reported in Wales.
These deaths have now been added to the UK total where, according to official numbers, 41,684 have lost their lives since the start of the pandemic.
However, this does now account for the separate figures, published the the UK’s statistics agencies, which show there have now been 57,500 deaths registered in the UK where COVID-19 was mentioned on the person’s death certificate.
Hospital figures also show that 901 people are currently being treated in hospital for COVID-19.
Speculation has said more cases is down to more people being tested, however the Prime Minister and his go government came under fire this week at PMQs for shortage in coronavirus tests and people still being unable to get tested.
The Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, was quoted as saying the shortage in tests could ‘take weeks to fix’.
After thousands across the UK have been unable to get a COVID test Hancock spoke to the House of Commons yesterday, Tuesday September 15, saying: “
Here in the UK we saw yesterday around 2,600 new cases and last week medical advisers advised that R is above 1.
“The epidemic is growing. There are signs that the number of cases in care homes and the number of hospitalisations is starting to rise again.”
He also went on to say testing would be prioritised for clinical care workers, then those in social care.
All news comes after the Prime Minister announced the new ‘Rule of Six’ which came in to effect on Monday September 14.
This means there’s now a ban on social gatherings of more than six people.
This new ban has been introduced across England, Scotland and Wales, only.
The ‘rule of six’ is being implemented to tackle the sharp rise in COVID-19 cases.
Full information and what you need to know about the ‘Rule of Six’ can be found HERE.
The Herdwick News will publish COVID figures for Cumbria when they are released.