A further 5,693 people have tested positive for coronavirus in the UK today – a 46 per cent rise on last Sunday’s total – with Wales’ lockdown set to grow to 60 per cent of the country’s population.
The increase brings the UK’s total cases to 434,969 while another 17 people died of the disease, according the Government’s Covid-19 UK dashboard.
Today’s death toll – which covers deaths in hospitals, care homes and the wider community – brings the total fatalities during the pandemic to 41,988.
Last Sunday saw 3,899 people diagnosed with the bug, significantly fewer than this week’s total – which is the highest Sunday figure since April.
But many experts say the daily totals for testing are not comparable to the same totals at the peak of the pandemic when the country’s testing programme was much smaller.
More than 100,000 people are believed to have been catching the virus every day at the peak of the pandemic.
Today’s figures follow the news that 60 per cent of the Welsh population will be put under coronavirus lockdown from tomorrow after three more council areas are added to the government’s list.
Some 362 new cases of coronavirus have been reported in Wales in the last 24 hours alone bringing the total to 22,945 – but no new deaths.
Neath Port Talbot, Torfaen and the Vale of Glamorgan will be covered by the rules, which mean people will not be able to enter or leave the areas without a reasonable excuse from 6pm on Monday.
Residents will not be able to meet indoors with anyone they do not live with, with extended households suspended.
Some 344 people tested positive in Scotland, where one further death was reported.
The announcement comes just hours before local lockdown restrictions come into force in Cardiff and Swansea, Wales’ two biggest cities, on Sunday evening.
Further measures were also introduced in Llanelli, in Carmarthenshire, on Saturday evening.
Restrictions are already in place in Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Caerphilly, Merthyr Tydfil, Newport, and Rhondda Cynon Taf.
It means more than 1.8 million people in Wales – nearly 60 per cent the population – will be under local lockdowns from Monday night.
On Saturday, there were a further 370 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Wales.
Wales’s First Minister Mark Drakeford said in a statement: ‘Following a worrying rise in cases of coronavirus across South Wales, we took action on Friday to introduce local coronavirus restrictions in Llanelli and local restrictions will come into force in our two largest cities – Cardiff and Swansea – tonight.
‘We are now taking further action and placing three more areas under local restrictions in South Wales – Neath Port Talbot, Torfaen, and the Vale of Glamorgan – because we are seeing rising rates in these three areas.
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Source: Daily Mail