At least 741,212 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the UK, including 43,726 fatalities. Face coverings are compulsory for people using public transport in England, Northern Ireland and Scotland, they are also mandatory in shops in England and Scotland. The government has introduced a new system "local COVID alert levels".
Everyone should observe the following key behaviours:
19 October: 18,804 new cases were reported today, and Wales announced it will go into a "firebreak" lockdown from Friday until Monday 9 November. The announcement follows rising case numbers in Wales and increasing hospital admissions, and replaces the 17 local lockdowns that had been in place. People will be told to stay at home, while pubs, restaurants, hotels and non-essential shops will shut. Primary schools will reopen after the half-term break, but only Years 7 and 8 in secondary schools will return. Gatherings indoors and outdoors with people not in your household will also be banned. Non-essential cross border travel in and out of Wales will also stop. Universities will continue to provide a blend of face to face and online learning.
18 October: As cases surge, authorities announced a "tier 2" or "high-risk", the second highest COVID alert level, in London and parts of England since midnight on Friday. This means gatherings are limited to six people when meeting outdoors, and no household mixing is allowed indoors. Hospitality venues such as pubs and restaurants must close by 10pm.
13 October: High case number continue to be reported with 17,234 new cases reported today and 143 deaths, the highest number of deaths in a single day since June. The new COVID alert levels (medium, high and very high) will apply from 00.01 on 14 October and set out information for local authorities, residents and workers about what to do and how to manage the outbreak in their area.
9 October: The number of confirmed daily cases continues to rise, with 17,540 confirmed cases reported yesterday. There are several hotspots within the UK, mainly in the north. Restrictions are expected to be tightened early next week. Scotland has already introduced tougher measures across the central region, which includes the cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow. All pubs and restaurants are to be closed for 16 days from Friday, shops are being asked to return to 2m distancing and face coverings will become compulsory in more indoor settings.