Two more die with coronavirus as cases continue to surge

A further two people have died with coronavirus, bringing the UK’s death toll to 41,501 – as more than 1,400 new positive cases were confirmed.

The figure covers fatalities across all settings, including hospitals, care homes and in the wider community.

The Department of Health and Social Care confirmed that as of Monday, 335,873 people have tested positive for the virus since the start of the outbreak in the UK. That means that over the past 24 hours, another 1,406 have received positive results for Covid-19.

It comes amid a continuing rise in the number of cases in the UK and discussion over why a subsequent rise in the number of deaths has not yet been seen.

Some 186,500 tests were also carried out in the last 24 hours, according to Government statistics which also showed that 764 patients are in hospital with 109 admitted in the last day.

The updated figures come as at least 200 passengers who travelled from Zante to Cardiff have been told to self-isolate, after 16 positive coronavirus cases were linked to a Tui flight on August 25.

One traveller, who was on the flight, said the plane was full of ‘selfish covidiots’ wearing face masks below their chins, while ‘an inept crew’ didn’t take action.

Meanwhile, children are set to go back to school tomorrow for the first time in six months.

New government guidelines published at the weekend revealed that if there is just one case of Covid-19 in a school, the entire year group could be sent home.

The guidance tells secondary schools they must operate on a ‘rota system’ to reduce the amount of pupils attending on the same day, while face masks in communal areas will also be compulsory.

At least two schools have already warned students that if they pretend to cough, or deliberately sneeze on someone else, they will be sent home.

Diners have been making the most of the final hours of the Eat Out to Help Out initiative before it comes to a close on Bank Holiday Monday in England.

Large queues were seen outside restaurants across the country, as hospitality groups called for No 10 to extend the scheme.

Many fear there will be a sharp drop in footfall once the successful initiative finishes, prompting numerous eateries to extend the discount despite the lack of government funding.

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