The UK recorded 938 new covid-19 infections in 24 hours and nine deaths due to the new coronavirus in hospitals, homes and homes, according to data published today by the Ministry of Health.
In total, 305.623 infections and 46.210 deaths have been confirmed in the country since the start of the pandemic, according to official data from the Ministry of Health, although British statistical agencies have counted at least 56.400 certificates in which the cause of death is associated with the new coronavirus.
British health officials reported eight deaths from covid-19 on Sunday, although the numbers are usually lower around the weekend. On Friday, 120 deaths were reported in the UK and on Saturday 74.
Faced with an increase in cases in some regions, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has postponed for at least fifteen days the lifting of some social distance measures, which should have taken effect in England this weekend.
In the city and metropolitan area of Manchester, additional restrictions were imposed, as well as the English counties of Lancashire and West Yorkshire.
In these areas, people who live in different houses are not allowed to have any kind of meeting, either inside or outside.
Manchester City Council has decided to declare a "serious incident" in the city to make it easier for authorities to deal "as effectively as possible" with the new restrictions.
In Scotland, Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon has warned that she will not hesitate to reorder the closure of bars and restaurants if significant outbreaks of a new coronavirus are detected.
The UK's Ministry of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has announced that it has started taking wastewater samples from various locations in England to try to detect the increase in infections.
The covid-19 pandemic has already claimed more than 689 deaths and infected more than 18,1 million people in 196 countries and territories, according to a report made by the French agency AFP.
The disease is transmitted by a new coronavirus detected in late December in Wuhan, a city in central China.