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Coronavirus map: Second wave begins! UK has worst spike in weeks after Boris warning

From Express

FEARS of a second wave of coronavirus are fast sweeping across the UK ahead of schools reopening as the number of new cases skyrockets.

On Saturday Britain recorded its highest Saturday infection rate in eight weeks with 1,012 cases while a further 1,040 infections were added to the tally on Sunday. On Friday 1,441 people tested positive for COVID-19, marking the biggest one-day rise for two months. The Prime Minister is keen to get children back into classrooms in September and has said keeping schools closed any longer would be "socially intolerable, economically unsustainable and morally indefensible".

Boris Johnson said the reopening of schools would be treated as a "national priority".

The spike comes as Oldham in Greater Manchester is the latest town to be on the verge of a local lockdown. 
The weekend rises of fresh infections took the UK's total to 317,379 and came just weeks after Mr Johnson warned of a second wave.


While the UK's case total has shot up since lockdowns were lifted, the number of deaths has remained low. 

On Sunday, a further five fatalities were reported over the previous 28 days after registering a postive test, taking the total to 41,366.

Due to the rise in cases, fears of further local lockdowns have increased across multiple towns in the north of England and the Midlands. 

There are around 20 towns and cities in Greater Manchester, Lancaashire, West Yorkshire and Leicestershire on the Government's red list. 

Local lockdowns remain in Blackburn with Darwen and Leicester due to infection rates standing at 77.9 and 56.3 per 100,000 respectively. 

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