UK coronavirus cases rise by nearly DOUBLE the previous record with 12,872 new infections in 24 hours
CORONAVIRUS cases in the UK have risen by DOUBLE the previous daily record – with 12,872 new infections recorded in the past 24 hours.
The sharp rise includes the number of infections previously missed due to a "technical issue" going back to September 24.
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Fatalities in all settings have also gone up by 49, bringing the total to 42,317.
The figures are normally released daily by the Department of Health on its website at around 4pm.
But the statistics were not made public until 8.45pm due to a "technical issue".
A statement on the government's website added: "This means the total reported over the coming days will include some additional cases from the period between 24 September and 1 October, increasing the number of cases reported."
It comes as…
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In England, 42 more hospital deaths were confirmed, bringing the total number of covid fatalities in English hospitals to 30,138.
The patients, who died between August 8 and October 2, were aged between 44 and 100 – and three of them had no underlying health conditions.
Another 764 cases were recorded in Scotland today, while another 576 were logged in Wales.
Scotland also confirmed four more deaths and Wales reported a further five.
It raises the death tolls in those countries to 2,530 and 1,630 respectively.
One more death was reported in Northern Ireland, bringing the grim figure there to 583.
It comes as lockdown restrictions could toughen in the north as revellers hit the streets of Newcastle last night and 770 students tested positive for coronavirus at Northumbria University.
Current rules mean people living in Northumberland, Newcastle, Gateshead, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Durham and Sunderland face £200 fines for socialising indoors with loved ones who live outside of their household.
And today Environment Secretary George Eustice said discussions surrounding further measures up north were ongoing.
He told BBC Breakfast: "I know that there are some discussions, I understand, that are going on about the situation in Liverpool, but no decisions have been taken yet.
"I am aware that discussions have been taking place about what further restrictions might be needed, I think particularly around Merseyside and Liverpool."
Latest figures show the coronavirus infection rate has soared to 250.5 cases per 100,000 population in Newcastle upon Tyne – a higher rate than any other authority in the UK.
Many of the cases are among young people – with hundreds of students at the University of Northumbria testing positive for the bug but only 78 of them showing symptoms.
Reacting to the university's outbreak, Evie South, who lives in a shared flat at the university said: "To be honest I am not surprised that Newcastle is the number one hotspot in the country.
"I do know that some students have symptoms but they are still going out, which isn't great.
"The bars shut at 10pm, so obviously people are going to get together in flats
Libby Rothwell, a 19-year-old physiotherapy student added: "My house had coronavirus a few weeks ago. We all had to isolate.
"None of us had any real symptoms. Some of us were thinking, is this the virus or are we just hungover?"
Meanwhile, it has been revealed Britain was plunged into lockdown in March after a doomsday prediction of 510,000 deaths went "unchallenged" by the government’s top scientists.
Investigate author Tom Bower’s new book claims Professor Neil Ferguson presented his “reasonable worst-case scenario” during a critical SAGE meeting.
He said 80 per cent of Brits would be infected with Covid-19 and the death toll would be 510,000 people.
His prediction went unchallenged by the both Sir Patrick and Professor Whitty, according to the book – despite a professor, who correctly predicted the pandemic's initial trajectory, warning that Ferguson had overestimated the death toll by "ten to 12 times".
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