Cases and hospital admissions now rising
The government announced 4,926 new coronavirus cases in the UK on Tuesday.
Cases began edging up again in July and recent days have seen the highest daily cases since May, prompting the reintroduction of restrictions on social gatherings across the UK.
The UK government has announced a further tightening of restrictions in England from Thursday, including a 22:00 closing time for pubs and restaurants, and stated the new rules could stay in place for up to six months.
The Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford announced a similar rule for pubs, restaurants and cafes in Wales will also apply from Thursday.
In Scotland, people will no longer be allowed to visit friends or family at home. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon asked people to start following the rule from Wednesday, though the legislation won’t be in place until Friday.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson told MPs the country had reached a “perilous turning point”.
The official number of cases during the peak in the UK underestimated the true level of infection at the time, as widespread testing was not as available until mid-May. Before then, testing was targeted – mainly being used in hospitals and other care settings.