UK hospitals have another 12 coronavirus deaths with no deaths in Scotland and Wales

The UK has recorded 3,899 new Covid-19 cases and another 18 deaths, and amid warnings from the Minister of Health, the country is at a turning point.

The newly published coronavirus infection numbers are below yesterday's 4,422. There have now been 18 deaths.

The victims were between 62 and 98 years old and all had known health problems, NHS England said.

The deaths ranged from April 30 to September 19, with the majority on or after September 18. Three more deaths were reported without a positive Covid-19 test result.

It comes as Health Secretary Matt Hancock warned the UK was at a "turning point" as he refused to rule out a second national coronavirus lockdown if the public fails to follow social distancing rules.

Pictured: Employees at a coronavirus testing center in Leicester today. Health officials said there have been 12 deaths in England but none in Scotland or Wales. The figures for Northern Ireland have not yet been released

With cases increasing across the country, Hancock said there was a risk the numbers could "shoot through the roof" if effective measures were not taken to stop the virus from spreading.

His warning came when the government announced that anyone in England who refuses an order to self-isolate could be fined up to £ 10,000.

The health minister said hospital admissions for the disease doubled "every eight days", followed by an increase in the number of deaths.

"This country is facing a turning point," he told BBC1's The Andrew Marr Show.

“If everyone obeys the rules – and we will treat people who do not obey the rules more and more strictly – we can avoid further national bans.

"But of course we have to be ready to take action if necessary."

During a round of radio interviews, Mr Hancock said the government had decided to impose a legal obligation on people to self-isolate if instructed, as the data showed that some did not.

At the same time, Ministers have stated that those receiving benefits in England are entitled to a one-time benefit of £ 500 if they experience loss of income due to the obligation to self-isolate.

Mr. Hancock told Sky News, "Sophy Ridge On Sunday Program," We will support people who do right and we will crack down on people who do wrong. "

Boris Johnson was desperate to avoid another statewide lockdown as he had concerns about the economic damage it would do if activity picked up again.

Large groups of hikers enjoy the warm sunshine as the police patrol Hyde Park, London for the first weekend after the rule of six was introduced

Large groups of hikers enjoy the warm sunshine as the police patrol Hyde Park, London for the first weekend after the rule of six was introduced

However, as of Tuesday, around 13.5 million people across the UK will face local restrictions as authorities grapple with the disease.

The second wave of Covid cases in Europe does not result in an increase in deaths compared to the spring peak

A second wave of coronavirus cases in Europe does not lead to an increase in deaths.

Although the number of cases in Spain has risen to almost 15,000 a day – which has resulted in a new lockdown in parts of Madrid – the number of deaths is relatively small compared to the spring peak.

There were 240 deaths in Spain on Thursday – much fewer than the 929 daily deaths at the end of March, when 9,000 cases were recorded daily.

Another 13,498 cases were reported in France yesterday. However, the latest 24-hour death toll – 154 on Friday – is much lower than in mid-April when there were 1,400 deaths but 5,500 confirmed cases.

The difference can be explained by an increase in testing across countries in recent months, but it could also be a sign that the virus is mainly infecting younger, healthier people who are surviving the disease.

Sweden, which has not imposed a lockdown, continues to have a significantly lower rate of cases and deaths from Covid-19.

On Tuesday, Sweden had the lowest number of new cases since March. In April, Covid deaths peaked at 115 in a single day in Sweden, and some days that number is zero.

Reported infections have risen steadily in most parts of Europe over the past two months, with more than half of the countries seeing increases of over ten percent in the past two weeks.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan is now urging ministers to extend controls to the capital, which he believes are just two or three days behind the hotspots of the north-west and north-east of England.

Mr Hancock said he was "very concerned" with the latest data suggesting the UK could be on the same path as Spain and France – where deaths and hospitalizations are increasing – without effective action.

& # 39; I am very concerned about this second wave. We have seen in other countries in Europe how it can absolutely shoot through the roof, ”he said.

“If the case rate goes up, the next thing to do is go to the hospital.

"Unfortunately, we've seen that increase double about every eight days – people who go to the hospital – and then with a delay you see the number of people who die sadly increase."

Measures that are being considered by ministers include a temporary two-week "break" with stricter restrictions across England to break the chain of transmission.

However, the government is facing opposition from some senior Conservative MPs who are concerned that ministers with little or no parliamentary scrutiny are assuming increasingly stricter powers.

Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the powerful 1922 Tory Backbench Committee, said he intended to table an amendment that would oblige the government to put new measures on MPs to vote.

He told The Sunday Telegraph that he will take the opportunity to try to change the legislation when the government comes to renew the emergency powers in the Coronavirus Act 2020.

"In March, Parliament gave the government extensive immediate powers at a time when Parliament was about to break, and there were realistic concerns that Covid-19 could overwhelm the NHS 'supply capacity," he told the paper.

“We now know that the NHS has handled the challenge of the virus well and that Parliament has largely met since April. There is now no justification for ministers governing from emergency powers without reference to normal democratic processes. "

The latest rules require people in England to self-isolate for 14 days from September 28th if they test positive for coronavirus or are instructed to do so by NHS Test and Trace because they came in contact with someone who was on the disease suffers.

Sir Keir Starmer said Labor would back the measures but warned that a second national lockdown was more likely as the test and trace program was on the verge of collapse.

“Now that the government has effectively lost control of the tests, it doesn't necessarily know where the virus is. So if I were prime minister I would apologize for testing everywhere, ”he told Sophy Ridge on Sunday.

However, Mr. Hancock said he was not ready to apologize and said, “I will defend my team endlessly. You do a great job every day. & # 39;