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Coronavirus cases pass 1.5 million in the UK after 18,662 new infections

April Roach
·2-min read
<p>Coronavirus cases hit 1.5 million in the UK</p> (PA)

Coronavirus cases hit 1.5 million in the UK


Coronavirus cases in the UK have passed 1.5 million after the Government announced a further 18,662 cases on Sunday.

The total number of lab-confirmed Covid-19 cases in the UK has now reached 1,512,045.

Sunday’s increase of 18,662 new infections is lower than yesterday’s rise of 19,875 which suggests the peak of the second wave could be continuing to flatten.

A further 398 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for the virus as of Sunday, bringing the UK total to 55,024.

The Government said of Sunday’s figures on deaths of people who tested positive for Covid: “Due to a processing update, 141 previously published deaths within 28 days in England were excluded from the published data on November 21.

“This issue has now been corrected for data published on November 22, which includes deaths omitted yesterday in today’s total and daily number of newly reported deaths.”

It comes as Downing Street confirmed England will go under a tougher three-tiered system of local coronavirus restrictions when the national lockdown ends on December 2.

It is understood the controversial 10pm curfew on pubs and restaurants will be altered under the new system.

Boris Johnson is set to detail his plan for winter to MPs on Monday as he sets out how people can see their loved ones at Christmas.

Scotland recorded seven deaths from coronavirus and 844 positive tests in the past 24 hours, according to the Scottish Government.

New figures published show the death toll under this measure – of people who first tested positive for the virus within the previous 28 days – has risen to 3,503.

The daily test positivity rate is 5.4 per cent, down from 5.9 per cent on the previous day.

Meanwhile a further 10 people with Covid-19 have died in Northern Ireland. The death toll recorded by the department now stands at 933.

There were also another 342 confirmed cases of the virus recorded in the last 24-hour reporting period. A total of 49,784 people have tested positive for Covid-19 in Northern Ireland since the pandemic began.

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