The UK recorded a further 2,988 infections on Sunday, taking the total number since the start of the pandemic to 347,152. Yesterday’s figure was the highest since May 22 when 3,287 cases were recorded. The Health Secretary described the surge as “concerning”.
When asked if another nationwide lockdown was possible, he said: “We will take whatever action is necessary.”
The spike comes as an expert has warned a second wave could hit next spring.
Professor Ben Neuman, chairman of biological sciences at Texas A and M University-Texarkana and visiting associate professor at the University of Reading, said the winter could potentially have some benefits.
He said: “The move indoors for the winter may not be likely to drive up Covid-19 numbers on its own.
“A cold winter can bring on its own mini-quarantine, as we stay home to avoid bad weather, and comes with a bit of natural PPE in the form of scarves and gloves.”
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7.45am update: India’s coronavirus cases overtake Brazil
India has overtaken Brazil to become the country with the second highest number of coronavirus cases after the US which has the most.
The country has recorded 90,082 new infections, taking its total to 4.2 million.
India’s death toll stands at 71,642.
7.35am update: Labour demands answers from Hancock after cases surge
Labour has called on Health Secretary Matt Hancock to explain how cases of coroanvirus will be reduced after nearly 3,000 new infections were reported on Sunday.
Shadow health secretary called for Mr Hancock to appear before Parliament on Monday following the spike.
He said on Sunday: “Today’s increase in coronavirus cases is deeply concerning and a stark reminder that there is no room for complacency in tackling the spread of the virus.
“This increase, combined with the ongoing testing fiasco where ill people are told to drive for miles for tests, and the poor performance of the contact tracing system, needs an explanation from ministers.
“Matt Hancock must come to the House of Commons to set out what is being done to get testing back on track and bring case numbers down.”
7.25am update: Five teachers test positive for coronavirus at school
Five members of teaching staff at a school in Suffolk have tested positive for coronavirus, with the academy closed on Monday on the advice of Public Health England.
Two other members of staff at the Samuel Ward Academy in Haverhill are waiting for their test results.
The school said in a statement that the closure was a “precautionary measure” and it hoped to reopen on Tuesday.