For the first time since mass testing began, the UK has announced more than 10,000 daily coronavirus cases.
There have been 12,872 new cases, while 49 more have died within 28 days of a positive test for Covid-19.
However, the government said the technical issue meant pre-announced cases from last week were added to the total of the day.
It came after data released this week suggested the infection was growing more slowly than the previous week.
This information was created on the basis of weekly tests in a sample of people in the community to get an idea of how many people have the virus at any given time in England.
But the government also closely monitors the number of positive cases per day, as it provides the most up-to-date snapshots.
However, it has issued a warning message on its “data dashboard”, explaining that the total amount reported in the coming days will be included in some of the previous week’s cases, “increasing the number of reported cases”.
The daily stood at a high of 7,143 on Tuesday, with a significant increase from a daily total of 4,044 on Monday. However, the daily total remained stable over the next four days – before the big jump to the number announced on Saturday – changing from 914 to 106.
The figures announced on Saturday also partially inflated that 2,644,79.9 tests had been processed the previous day, the third highest in a twenty-four hour period.
Saturday’s figures put the total number of cases recorded in the UK at 480,017.
This growth in the UK is reflected throughout Europe.
- On the same day, 16,972 new cases were recorded in France – a new daily high for the country
- The Netherlands and Belgium have announced 3,967 and 3,175 new positive results, respectively, with new highs in both countries.
- Russia, meanwhile, with the largest population in Europe, has recorded 9,859 cases – the highest level since May.
Strict sanctions were imposed on coronavirus cases in parts of northern England on Saturday.
It is now illegal to meet inside the home with people in the Liverpool City area, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough and other homes in Warrington.
This means more than a third of the UK is now under strict restrictions.
Four areas in North Wales were tightened this week, including Newcastle, Northbarland, Gateshead, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Sunderland and County Durham.
The new rules came after hundreds of students at Northumbria University became self-destruct after a positive test in favor of Kobid.
Elsewhere, people arriving in the UK from Turkey and Poland now have to separate for two weeks.
The new rules – which also apply to Bonaire, St. Eustatius and the Caribbean islands of Sabah – went into effect at 04:00 on Saturday BST.
After a steady decline since the first peak in April, confirm that daily virus cases in the UK have been rising again since July, with the rate of growth rising sharply since the end of August.
The agency, which advises the UK government, said the epidemic was growing rapidly across the country.
Their latest R numbers estimate – indicating how the epidemic is growing or falling – have risen between 1.3 and 1.6.
But an Office for National Statistics (ONS) survey estimated that 8,400 new cases were found every day in England from 24 September to 24 September – slightly lower than the previous week’s estimate of 9,600 daily cases.
ONS estimates of how much the population is currently infected are based on examination of a representative sample of the family with or without symptoms.
This is different from the number published daily by the Department of Health. It records positive cases among those who request for testing with possible covid symptoms.
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