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.