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UK records 14,542 new coronavirus cases and 76 deaths
6 October 2020, 10:41 | Updated: 6 October 2020, 17:53
The UK has recorded a further 14,542 new coronavirus cases - almost 2,000 more than on Monday - as the death toll rose by 76.
The new confirmed infections come just days after 16,000 cases in England were missed by the NHS Test and Trace system.
Downing Street confirmed that as of 9:30am this morning, almost two-thirds (63%) of the positive cases had been contacted following the data glitch over the weekend.
This afternoon, health authorities confirmed 50 deaths in England, two in Scotland, 10 in Wales and one in Northern Ireland.
Knowsley and Liverpool have joined Manchester in having a weekly rate of new Covid-19 cases that is now above 500 cases per 100,000 people, new data shows.
Manchester's rate - the highest in England - continues to climb, with 3,105 new cases recorded in the seven days to October 3.
This is the equivalent of 561.6 cases per 100,000 people and is up sharply from 261.2 per 100,000 in the previous week.
Knowsley has the second highest rate, which has jumped from 335.4 to 534.3, with 806 new cases.
Liverpool is in third place, where the rate has also soared, from 325.1 to 516.0 with 2,570 new cases.
It comes as the death toll for coronavirus in England and Wales rose for the third week in a row, figures show today.
The Office of National Statistics says 215 Covid-19 deaths were registered in the week to September 25th - more than 50 per cent higher than the week before. In the north west figures have almost tripled.
The figure represents 2.2% of all deaths in England and Wales.
It was the third weekly rise in a row and represents a 54.6% increase in deaths involving Covid-19 from the previous week, when 139 deaths were registered.
The number of deaths involving coronavirus increased in eight of nine regions in England, and in Wales.
Just two areas - London and the East - had lower overall deaths than the average over five years for this time of year.
Overall, there were 9,634 deaths registered in England and Wales in the week ending September 25 - 111 more than the previous week and 2.7% higher than the five-year average.
Deaths in hospitals and care homes were below the five-year average, while deaths in private homes remained above, with 749 more deaths than would typically be expected.
Across the UK, 10,861 deaths were registered - 179 deaths higher than the five-year average and 77 deaths higher than the previous week.
Of these, 234 mentioned coronavirus.