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The Key Facts You Need To Know About Covid-19 In The UK Right Now

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16.09.2020

We’re in the middle of surge in Covid-19 cases

You have probably already heard that we are in the middle of a surge in Covid-19 cases.

After a huge upturn in coronavirus cases that peaked across April and the start of May – with 6,201 new cases reported on May 1 alone – the UK saw a dramatic decline in infections over the summer.

Throughout June and July cases dropped, with just 352 cases reported on July 6 – the lowest recorded since lockdown began on March 23.

But since the start of August, cases have been on the rise.

On August 9, more than 1,000 new coronavirus infections were reported by the government for the first time since June 26. Daily cases breached the 1,000 mark 18 more times during the month.

But it was on September 6 that the UK received a sharp reminder that the pandemic had not gone away over summer, with 2,988 new Covid-19 cases reported.

It was the highest figure recorded in more than three months – and was followed by similar numbers in the following days.

On September 11, 3,539 new cases were announced in the UK – the first time the number had exceeded 3,500 since May 17.

As a result of these rising figure, the government has implemented strict new rules on meeting with people outside of your own household or bubble.

On Monday, it became illegal in England to meet with more than five other people outside of your household.

Key dates:

31/01/20 – first two cases of Covid-19 reported in the UK

01/05/20 – 6,201 cases reported – the highest throughout the pandemic

06/07/20 – 352 cases reported – the lowest number recorded since lockdown

09/08/20 – daily cases breach 1,000 for the first time since June (1,062 cases)

06/09/20 – daily cases breach 2,000 for the first time since 30/05 (2,988 cases)

11/09/20 – daily cases breach 3,500 for the first time since 17/05 (3,539 cases)

The R rate could be as high as 1.7

However, it’s not just the rise in the number of people testing positive for Covid-19 each day that suggests the spread of coronavirus infections is getting worse.

On Friday, a study by Imperial College London warned that the R rate – the reproduction rate of the virus – could be as........

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