UK Coronavirus cases have surged by 3,539 overnight – the highest increase since May 17.
The latest daily figure comes after the national R rate climbed above the threshold of one – meaning the epidemic is growing in all parts of the country.
More locally, a spike in Covid-19 cases in Birmingham means stricter measures were re-imposed. From next week, the city and neighbouring Solihull and Sandwell boroughs all face a ban on socialising between people outside their own household.
Meanwhile, the rest of the country will be banned from socialising in groups of more than six from Monday, in a Draconian crackdown aimed at stemming the tide of a potential second wave.
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