UK records 2,685 new COVID cases, 17 deaths on Tuesday

People drink and eat in outdoor street dining areas, as lockdown restrictions are eased amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in Soho, London

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain recorded 2,685 new cases of COVID-19 and 17 deaths within 28 days of a positive test on Tuesday, according to official government data.

That compares to 2,064 new cases and six deaths reported a day earlier.

(Reporting by Andrew MacAskill; editing by William James)