Covid-19: UK cases rise by a quarter

The number of daily reported Covid-19 cases has risen by a quarter, according to the latest UK government figures.

There have been 6,178 coronavirus cases in the UK in the last 24 hours

Then upto 1,252 since Tuesday, and 37 deaths.

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Yvonne Doyle, Public Health England’s medical director, said it was “essential” the public followed the new measures brought in to curb the spread.

Tighter restrictions were announced across the UK on Tuesday, including a 22:00 closing time for pubs in England.

People are being told to work from home if they can, rules on face coverings have been expanded .

And also the number of people allowed at weddings in England has been halved.

Reacting to the UK figures, Ms Doyle said:

“New measures have been bought in to stop the spread of the virus and it is essential that you follow them.

“You should work from home if you can, must now wear a face-covering in retail and hospitality settings.

unless you are eating or drinking, and not be in a group larger than six people.

Announcing the tighter restrictions for England on Tuesday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said they might have to stay put for up to six months.

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