The UK recorded nearly 3,000 new coronavirus cases over the past day, the highest increase in more than three months.
The 2,988 new coronavirus cases is up from the 1,813 infections announced yesterday, marking the biggest single-day jump since May 23.
Despite this, only two fatalities have been recorded in the UK over the past day, bringing the total death count to 41,551.
The number of Covid-19 deaths in the country’s hospitals increased by three in the last 24 hours.
It is the third straight Sunday with three hospital deaths.
All three fatalities were reported by NHS England as ministers remain concerned about a number of ‘hotspots’ in northern towns where cases continue to rise.
There were no new deaths in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, which announced 208, 106 and 98 new confirmed cases of Covid-19, respectively.
On recent Sundays, the toll increased by three on August 30, three on August 23, four on August 16 and 10 on August 9. The highest increase on a Sunday was 710 on April 12, when Britain was in the deadliest days of its outbreak.
Death tolls announced on Sundays tend to be lower than midweek due to a lag in reporting weekend fatalities.
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