Further 8 deaths with coronavirus as 2,659 new cases recorded

A further eight people have died with coronavirus, bringing the UK’s death toll to 41,594 .

There were 2,659 new cases of the virus recorded in the 24 hours previous, meaning there have now been 355,219 infections since the pandemic began. There are currently 843 people in hospital, with 80 of those using a ventilator.

NHS England recorded a further 12 deaths across hospital settings, 10 of which happened in the last 10 days. Scotland recorded three and Wales none, while Northern Ireland have not yet released their figures.

It comes as the UK could soon be hit with new restrictions preventing people from socialising outside their homes past 10pm in a bid to prevent a second coronavirus wave.

Ministers are reported to be considering new curfew rules after the new surge in virus cases was attributed to younger people socialising with friends by the Health Secretary Matt Hancock.

Venues in Bolton, which is currently on ‘red alert’ due to the number of new infections, will also be required to close between 10pm and 5am. A similar curfew is also understood to be under consideration in Bradford.

Boris Johnson announced today that gatherings of more than six people will be banned in England starting from Monday. The change in law will affect anyone meeting others outside their household in homes, parks, pubs and restaurants across the country.

Anyone caught breaking the new restrictions will be fined £100, which will then double on each further repeat offence up to £3,200.

There will be exemptions to the new rules – with people still able to meet with more than six people within their household, social bubble or at a gathering for work or education, such as an office or school.

Weddings, funerals, and organised team sports will also be able to go ahead if they follow social distancing guidance. The full list of exemptions is due to be revealed by the government on Monday.

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