ANOTHER 16,982 people have been diagnosed with Covid overnight as cases in the UK continue to surge.
It means cases have risen by more than 30 per cent on last Sunday, when 12,872 people were diagnosed – and the number has more than doubled from the week before that, when 7,981 new cases were reported.
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Another 67 people have also died, bringing the UK's grim tally to 43,646.
Today's daily case figure is up on yesterday's tally of 16,171, and the third highest rise ever after 22,961 tested positive on October 4.
But that was after Public Health England admitted they had missed 15,841 cases from their official stats between September 25 and October 2.
The backlog led to an over-inflated record high of 22,961 additional cases.
It comes as:
- Brits ordered more than 150m pizzas and 40m curries during lockdown
- Cops busted a huge orgy advertised as a 'crime against public health' in a holiday flat
- Sweden has brought in local lockdowns after coronavirus cases began to rise
- Anyone ordered to self-isolate will have their details handed to cops under the Track and Trace scheme
- Rishi Sunak has vowed to do everything in his power to support businesses amid new three-tier lockdown rules
Daily cases do usually decrease over the week – with reports of new infections generally being highest on Tuesday as the weekend lag is factored in.
The UK is testing significantly more people now than it was at the height of the pandemic in April, when only hospital patients were given tests.
In England, 61 people have died in hospital. Patients were aged between 54 and 96, and all but four – aged between 56 and 92 – had known underlying health conditions.
In Scotland, 1,167 new cases of the virus were diagnosed overnight, and 15 people died.
There were 950 new positive tests in Wales, and another three people lost their lives.
Figures have not yet been released for Northern Ireland.
More than half of people living in England are now living in tier two or three areas – meaning they can't have casual sex or have a pint with friends from different households indoors.
In Liverpool and Lancashire, where measures are even tougher, pubs and bars have shut altogether.
Despite the restrictions, revellers enjoyed big nights out in tier two areas Leeds, London, Manchester and Birmingham yesterday.
And families flocked to Blackpool pleasure beach, despite the introduction of tier three measures.
Meanwhile, talks between officials in the north and No10 appear to have reached a stalemate after Manchester mayor Andy Burnham resisted calls for the area to go into a tier three lockdown.
Boris Johnson has threatened to force the area into Tier 3 – meaning nightspots would be forced to close.
Mr Burnham – hailed the 'King in the North' by Game of Thrones fans on Twitter – says northerners are being used as "canaries in the coalmine".
However, the PM said during a Downing Street press conference on Friday: "I cannot stress enough – time is of the essence.
“Each day that passes before action is taken means more people will go to hospital, more people will end up in intensive care, and tragically more people will die.
“Of course if agreement cannot be reached, I will need to intervene in order to protect Manchester’s hospitals and to save the lives of Manchester’s residents.”
And today, the Labour mayor told the Andrew Marr Show: "It's a serious situation, but I don't think it was the situation that was described by the Prime Minister on Friday evening.
"Of course it's a matter of concern, and we watch the figures very closely indeed, but the figures have been falling in Manchester itself in the last few days, across Greater Manchester up slightly but certainly not doubling every nine days."
Cases per 100,000 people in Manchester have dropped this week, from 558.0 to 473.0.
The most recent stats show 2,615 new cases were recorded.
Nottingham continues to have the highest rate in England, with 3,070 new cases recorded in the seven days to October 11 – the equivalent of 922.2 cases per 100,000 people.
But there could be hope on the horizon – after a US drugs giant announced it has already manufactured "several hundred thousand doses" of a potential vaccine at its factory in Belgium.
Pfizer has released footage of the jab being made – and says it could be creating more than a billion doses by 2021 if health watchdogs give the product the green light.
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