Coronavirus cases rise by 3,000 in a single day thanks to increased testing as death toll rises by two to 41,551

THE UK has seen an increase of nearly 3,000 cases over the past day – the highest increase in more than three months.

The 2,988 new coronavirus cases is up from the 1,813 infections announced yesterday, marking the biggest single-day jump since May 23.

But despite the spike in cases, the UK's official death toll increased by two – bringing the death toll to 41,551.

The number of Covid-19 deaths in hospitals has increased by three in the last 24 hours.

Ministers have shown continuous concern over the number of 'hotspots in northern towns in the country.

Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales still have no new deaths but announced 208, 106 and 98 new confirmed cases of Covid-19, respectively.

The highest increase was 710 on April 12 – when the UK was in full lockdown.

Sunday death tolls tend to be lower than those reported midweek due to a lag in reporting weekend fatalities.

On August 9, 10 fatalities were reported, four on August 16, three on August 23 and three on August 30.

This comes as quarantine rules for passengers arriving into the UK could be slashed to just eight days amidst warnings that the 14-day rule is “strangling” the economy. 

It comes as businesses and MPs warned Boris Johnson of the colossal damage done to the travel sector by the policy.

The Mail on Sunday reports that the officials are looking at the option of testing people for the virus eight days after they arrive into the country. 

However, government sources stressed to the paper that no decision has yet been taken. 

Foreign secretary Dominic Raab also told the BBC's 'Andrew Marr Show' this morning that a testing policy for incoming travellers was "under review".

However, he stressed that testing it was "no silver bullet" – and would help "ease up" on quarantine but not eliminate the need for it completely.

Boris Johnson is also said to have told Tory MPs of his hopes for an “infectiousness test” earlier this week, which would reveal patients who had tested positive for the virus but not pass it on to others. 

The plans for an “infectiousness test” were revealed at a meeting of the 1922 Committee, with one attendee remarking that “we were led to believe fast testing is coming down the line”. 

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