UK records 1,288 new COVID-19 cases, government data

Reuters , Saturday 22 Aug 2020

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A man wearing a facemask as a precaution against the spread of the novel coronavirus walks across London Bridge with the offices of the City of London in Shard tower in the background on August 21, 2020.(Photo: AFP)

The United Kingdom recorded 1,288 new positive cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, up from 1,033 a day earlier, government figures showed.

Eighteen people died after testing positive for the coronavirus within 28 days, up from two a day earlier.

The new cases were recorded as the government ramps up testing so it can suppress the spread of the virus and ease restrictions that have crippled the economy.

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