Rise in coronavirus cases as we pass 1,000 for first time since June

Cases of coronavirus appear to be on the rise in the UK again after the country saw more than 1,000 positive tests in 24 hours for the first time since June.

More than 1,000 new positive cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in the 24 hours to the middle of Sunday – the first time since June 25 that daily new cases have been above 1,000.

Figures show 1,062 more positive tests, taking the total number of infections in the UK to 310,825.

Earlier, another ten Covid-19 deaths were reported in UK hospitals in the past 24 hours.

No new deaths were reported in Scotland or Wales.

The region with the highest number of deaths was the Midlands with four.

There were three deaths in the North East & Yorkshire, two in the East of England and one in London.

The latest figures come as a former government chief scientific adviser warns the UK could be back in lockdown next month.

Sir David King said: “We need a proper test and trace system by September. Otherwise full school opening will put us right back.”

Sir David says we are “nowhere near” the safe reopening of schools.

He is urging Boris Johnson to “get it right” in August – or face a second wave of coronavirus infections.

And he blasted the Government’s track and trace policy as “disastrous”.

Sir David, 80, heads the Independent Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies shadowing the Prime Minister’s scientific team.

He said: “The Government has a month to deal with the level of infectivity as it stands now. Reopening schools should be a priority, but we believe we are nowhere near the point where it can be done safely.”

He said the R rate of infection number is expected to rise by about 0.5 with all schools open.

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