Coronavirus UK: 12 new deaths in provisional daily death toll

England has recorded another 12 coronavirus deaths in hospitals amid growing fears the country is facing a second wave.

Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland said they have not seen any further coronavirus deaths since yesterday.

The UK death toll will be officially announced by the Department of Health this afternoon and may differ from the provisional total calculated by adding the deaths reported by each home country.

New cases are also reported later after nearly 9,000 cases were diagnosed on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday – the highest since mid-May.

The government is preparing to tighten lockdown restrictions for the first time since March. As of Monday, people in England will no longer be allowed to meet in groups of more than six people.

There are also fears that a 10 p.m. curfew will be imposed if measures fail to stop the accelerated spread. Boris Johnson told the House of Commons today that the draconian measures are essential to "keep our economies going and keep schools open".


Caerphilly, Wales

The Welsh Minister of Health has said that the local lockdown in Caerphilly county will "at least" not be lifted until October.

After the restrictions go into effect on Tuesday at 6:00 p.m., individuals will not be allowed to enter or leave the area without a reasonable apology.

All over 11s are required to wear face covering in shops – this is mandatory for the first time in Wales. Meetings with other people indoors and in large households are not permitted, and overnight stays are also prohibited.

Western scotland

The lockdown restrictions on household visits in western parts of Scotland continued for another week – and extended to other community areas.

Measures – originally introduced in Glasgow, East Renfrewshire and West Dunbartonshire – now also apply to East Dunbartonshire and Renfrewshire.

The restrictions prevent people from visiting segregated households in these parts of the country while prohibiting them from visiting homes in other local authorities that are not affected.

The measures also mean that visits to hospitals and nursing homes indoors will be limited to essential visits just to protect the most vulnerable.

Bolton, England

As part of new measures to curb the spread of Covid-19 in the city, Bolton venues will become takeaway-only, Health Secretary Matt Hancock told MPs.

Bolton Council said Saturday it had introduced stricter measures "with immediate effect," asking people not to mix indoors or outdoors with other households in any environment and to use public transport only for essential purposes.

The city council said the new restrictions are aimed at preventing a local lockdown after the city's infection rate rose to 99 cases per 100,000 people per week – the highest in England.

People between 18 and 49 make up more than 90 percent of the cases, said the local authority.

Parts of Greater Manchester, East Lancashire, Preston and West Yorkshire

If people live in any of the affected areas, they are not allowed to take in people who they do not live with in their home or garden unless they are in their support bubble.

Also, you must not meet people who you do not live with in their home or garden, either inside or outside the affected area, unless they are in your support bubble, according to the government website.

In a support bubble, a household with an adult joins another household. Households in a bubble can still visit, stay overnight, and visit public places together.

Blackburn, Oldham and Pendle

As above, mixing two households indoors or in a garden is prohibited.

People should only visit friends or family members in nursing homes in exceptional cases.

And in certain areas with additional restrictions, people should not come into contact with people they do not live with in indoor public spaces or outdoors such as parks.

Leicester City

People should not have visitors in their homes or come into contact with people with whom they do not live in other indoor public spaces such as pubs, restaurants, cafes, shops, places of worship, community centers, leisure and entertainment venues, or visitor attractions.

You should also not visit friends or family in nursing homes, except in exceptional cases.

So far there are no local lockdown measures in Northern Ireland.

Most deaths were recorded in the North West at seven years old, followed by the South East at three years and London at two years.

No other deaths were reported in the east of England, the Midlands, the North East and Yorkshire, or the South West.

The Scottish government announced another 159 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the country.

The Minister of Health made it clear this morning that the UK is ready to tighten coronavirus restrictions.

"We must act now to stop the virus from spreading," he said. “So we are simplifying and strengthening the rules for social contact – so that they are easier to understand and can be enforced by the police.

"It's absolutely important that people now stick to these rules and remember the basics – wash hands, cover your face, keep your place in front of others, and get a test if you have symptoms."

The new English measure was triggered after more than 2,000 cases occurred three days in a row. This put the United Kingdom well above the threshold at which it imposed travel restrictions on other countries.

The health minister said the "rule of six" law was introduced to "simplify" coronavirus restrictions.

He added that it would not go into effect until Monday to give everyone time to read it and be prepared.

Those who don't abide by the rule face fines ranging from £ 100 to £ 3,200, though there are exceptions for events such as weddings, funerals, and baptisms.

"Unfortunately, we have to put in place clear, stricter rules this fall to stop the virus from spreading," he said.

"One of the things that we heard directly from the police was that we needed a simpler set of rules, which is very simple, that anyone can understand, and we will make those rules very clear and then enforce them."

The measures will go into effect for the foreseeable future, creating fears that they could disrupt the Christmas party.

The health minister tried this morning to moderate this in the Today program, saying that three months is a "long time" in a pandemic.

“I really hope that this stricter rule, along with the local measures we have taken in places like Bolton (can curb the spread of the infection).

"I really hope we can change that before Christmas."

He also made it clear that local lockdown measures would be put in place if necessary to further contain the spread of the disease.

Several local barriers have already been put in place to contain the spread.

Bolton was the first place in the UK where pubs and restaurants only had to return for takeout yesterday after a surge in cases.

There are also locks in Caerphilly, western Scotland, parts of Greater Manchester and Leicester.

The UK recorded 30 more coronavirus deaths yesterday, its highest level in six weeks, and another 2,420 new cases.

When the number of cases rose to nearly 3,000 on Sunday, it sparked “concern” and warnings among ministers that the UK could experience a “bumpy ride” unless the rapid increase slows down.

However, many have reported being unable to get a test despite symptoms as the system recommends that they go to testing centers more than 200 miles away.

Matt Hancock today denied claims that testing in the UK was overwhelmed, claiming 92 percent of those who asked for a test received it within ten miles of their home.

He said the system has seen a 25 percent increase in requests from people who have no symptoms and are not eligible to test.

"I've heard of cases where entire schools have been sent for tests," he said, adding that people going on vacation had also applied to get tested.

Tests director, Sarah-Jane Marsh, apologized yesterday to those who did not receive tests and warned them that they were at a "critical point".

"May I apologize to everyone who is currently unable to get a Covid test," she wrote.

“All of our test sites are busy, so they don't look crowded. Our laboratory processing is the crucial sticking point.

"We're doing everything we can to expand quickly."

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