More than 5,500 people in the UK have been newly diagnosed with coronavirus in the last 24 hours.
According to the latest figures, released by the Department for Health on Sunday, there were 5,693 new lab-confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the UK recorded in the last 24 hours.
The virus has also claimed the lives of a further 18 people in hospitals across the UK.
Of those, 17 people who tested positive for the disease have died in hospital in England, bringing the total number of confirmed deaths reported in hospitals to 29,908, NHS England said on Sunday.
Patients were aged between 49 and 93 and all, except one aged 59, had known underlying health conditions. The deaths were between September 21 and September 26. Two other deaths were reported with no positive Covid-19 test result.
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Separate figures published by the UK’s statistics agencies show there have now been 57,600 deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.
In Scotland, a total of 344 people have tested positive for coronavirus in the past 24 hours. One new death of a confirmed Covid-19 patient has been recorded in the past 24 hours, putting the number of fatalities in Scotland at 2,511.
In Wales, a further three areas have been placed under restrictions, with Neath Port Talbot, Torfaen, and the Vale of Glamorgan added to the list of local lockdown area following a “worrying rise” in cases.
“We are now taking further action and placing three more areas under local restrictions in South Wales – Neath Port Talbot, Torfaen, and the Vale of Glamorgan – because we are seeing rising rates in these three areas. These areas also share borders with local authority areas where rates are much higher.”
While in Northern Ireland, there have been 187 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed in the last 24-hour reporting period, the Department of Health has said. There were no further deaths recorded by the department.
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