Covid: UK sees highest number of coronavirus cases since mass tests began

 Covid: UK sees highest number of coronavirus cases since mass tests began

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The UK has recorded 6,634 new coronavirus cases, the government has announced, making it the highest daily figure since mass testing began.

Another 40 people have died within 28 days of testing positive for the virus.

The latest figures take the overall number of confirmed cases to 416,363, and total deaths to 41,902.

Meanwhile, people arriving in the UK from Denmark, Slovakia, Iceland and Caribbean island Curacao will need to self-isolate for 14 days from Saturday.

After falling from their April peak, confirmed new coronavirus cases in the UK have been rising again since July.

The government’s new wage subsidy scheme, set to replace furlough, will see the government top up the pay of people unable to work full time.

The decision to remove Denmark, Slovakia, Iceland and Caribbean island Curacao from the so-called “travel corridor” list takes effect from 04:00 BST on Saturday, the Department for Transport said.

It has been agreed with the devolved administrations so covers the whole of the UK, unlike some previous travel quarantine announcements.

No countries will be added to the UK travel corridor list this week, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said.

Writing on Twitter, Mr Shapps reminded passengers they were required by law to fill in a passenger locator form when entering the UK.

“This protects public health and ensures those who need to are complying with self-isolation rules,” he said.

The form asks travellers to provide their contact details and UK address. Passengers can be fined up to £3,200 in England if they do not provide accurate contact details, or £1,920 in Wales.

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