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07 Sep 2020 | 01:00 PM UTC

UK: Authorities report highest daily number of COVID-19 cases since May September 6 /update 44

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Authorities report highest daily increase of COVID-19 cases since May on September 6; follow government directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/7/2020, 12:00 AM until 10/7/2020, 11:59 PM (Europe/London). COUNTRY/REGION United Kingdom

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Event

On Sunday, September 6, 2988 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases were recorded in the UK, representing the highest daily increase of cases since May. Health Secretary Matt Hancock stated that the new cases have been identified to be mainly among younger people from more affluent backgrounds and urged the public to adhere to social distancing guidelines. The rise comes after the reopening of schools last week.

Authorities in the UK announced additional restrictions for the town of Bolton (Greater Manchester) on Saturday, September 5, following an increase in COVID-19 cases. The infection rate in the town has risen to more than 100 cases per 100,000 people per week, making it the highest in the country. Residents have been asked to only use public transportation for essential purposes, such as travel for education, work, shopping, and medical care, as well as to not mix with other households, indoors or outdoors. The move comes a day after restrictions in Greater Manchester, Lancashire, and West Yorkshire were eased.

Many restrictions have been lifted in the UK. The wearing of face masks is mandatory in certain public areas, with fines for repeat offenders rising up to 3200 GBP (4175 USD). Further information regarding the wearing of face masks in the UK can be found here.

As of Monday, September 7, there have been 349,500 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the UK with 41,640 associated deaths. Further international spread of the virus is to be expected in the near term.

Context

The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Since then, human-to-human transmission of the virus has been confirmed.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, and tiredness. Some patients may experience other symptoms such as body pains, nasal congestion, headache, conjunctivitis, sore throat, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell, or a rash on the skin or discoloration of fingers or toes. These symptoms (in most cases mild) appear gradually. Generally, most patients (around 80 percent) recover from the disease without being hospitalized.

Advice

Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.

 

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