Britain's Covid-19 daily cases have DROPPED for the first time since the end of September
Added 10-20-20 12:36:02pm EST - “The 21,331 new positive tests confirmed today mark the second highest figure on record but analysis of the dates on which tests were taken shows daily positive swabs may be plateauing.” - Dailymail.co.uk
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Britain today recorded the deaths of 241 people with Covid-19 in its highest death toll since June 5, as another 21,331 people were confirmed to have tested positive.
The deaths mark a rise of 68.5 per cent from the 143 confirmed last Tuesday, while the cases are a 23.8 per cent jump on 17,234. The number of people admitted to hospital rose to 1,019 on October 15, data published today showed, marking the first time since May that it had surged into four figures.
All the numbers show the second wave of coronavirus continues to grip the UK with cases, hospital admissions and fatalities all surging since schools, universities and offices went back in September.
They come as the Government tonight forced Greater Manchester into a Tier Three lockdown tonight after almost a week of wrangling with the region's mayor, Andy Burnham, proved fruitless when the Labour politician refused to accept Boris Johnson's advice because he was unhappy about the financial support on offer for local businesses.
In a TV briefing this afternoon at which Mr Johnson wheeled out England's deputy chief medical officer, Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, to present startling graphs showing rising infection rates across the country, the PM said data 'shows clearly why we must act'.
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