The number of confirmed coronavirus cases has skyrocketed by 12,872 – almost twice as many as in the past 24 hours.
The cases include infections that were missed through September 24th.
The previous record was also recorded at 7,143 during the second wave of the fatal bug.
Deaths in all settings rose 49 to a total of 42,317.
The numbers are usually published daily by the Department of Health on its website at 4 p.m., but today they weren’t released until 8:45 p.m.
A ‘technical issue’ was reported on the official website that was tracking the cases and deaths and it was fixed and added: “This means that the total reported in the coming days will add some additional cases from the September 24th by October 1, which increases the number of reported cases. “
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The numbers will worry those who thought the government’s “rule of six” would slow the spread of Covid-19, reported The mirror.
A study by Imperial College London and Ipsos Mori found that one in around 200 people in England was infected with coronavirus and that the reproductive rate R fell from 1.7 to 1.1.
The ONS Covid-19 infection survey identified an estimated 8,400 new cases each day, compared to 9,600 the previous week.