Another 18 die in UK as 'technical issues' halt daily tally of cases again

Another 18 people have lost their lives after testing positive for coronavirus, bringing the UK’s official toll up to 41,347.

However ‘technical difficulties’ at Public Health England mean the Government is not expecting to update the daily tally of cases today. A very similar problem occurred on Tuesday this week.

Yesterday another 1,009 cases were confirmed by the Department of Health, bringing the total number of infections to 313,798.

It comes after the Government changed the way it records fatalities over concerns Public Health England’s methodology was inflating the numbers.

Under its old system someone who tested positive for Covid-19 and then died months later of any cause, even being hit by a bus, would still be counted.

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Now England, which accounts for 85% of the UK’s population, has followed the lead of Scotland and Wales, who have a 28 cut off time after someone is diagnosed with the disease.

More to follow.

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