Coronavirus infections in England have jumped by 60 per cent in a week and the number of official cases rose across the UK days before a ban on social gatherings comes into effect.
Thai health authorities confirmed another coronavirus infection has been detected in the country, eight days after the virus resurfaced following a more than three-month absence.
This story will be regularly updated throughout Saturday.
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COVID-19 infections in England jump 60 per cent in a week
The number of COVID-19 infections in England has jumped by 60 per cent in the week from August 30 to September 5 according to official estimates, days before a ban on social gatherings comes into effect.
Britain’s Office for National Statistics (ONS) said it estimated there were around 3,200 new cases per day in the community population of England during the week, a rise of 60 per cent on the 2,000 per day estimate it gave the previous week.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has banned groups of more than six people from meeting from Monday (local time) as the Government attempts to keep the spread of the virus under control.
UK cases have been tracking much higher than the levels of around 1,000 per day recorded in August.
Millions of COVID-19 cases undetected in India, research paper finds
Millions of coronavirus cases may have gone undetected in India earlier this year, a research paper has estimated.
It has found that for every confirmed case in May, there were 82 to 130 infections that were not recorded.
The paper, published in the Indian Journal of Medical Research, estimated that the country had nearly 6.5 million cases as early as May.
Total cases stood at more than 180,000 in late May, according to the health ministry.
Infections have grown faster in India than anywhere else in the world and the health ministry reported another record daily jump of 96,551 new cases on Friday, taking the official total caseload to 4.5 million.
The research paper, written by Government scientists and other experts, said large numbers of cases could have gone under the radar earlier this year because testing was limited to symptomatic patients or states had varying testing rates.
India’s COVID-19 fatality rate has so far remained relatively low. The health ministry reported 1,209 new deaths on Friday, taking the overall toll to 76,271.
Thailand finds second coronavirus infection after long absence
Thai health authorities have confirmed another coronavirus infection had been detected in the country, in an Uzbek professional soccer player, eight days after the virus resurfaced following a more than three-month absence.
The man was positive after a mandatory pre-match test on Tuesday (local time), despite having completed quarantine on Aug 27 after three prior negative tests, health officials said.
The man, 29, arrived in Thailand on August 13.
Yong Poovorawan, a virology expert from Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn University, said the virus incubation period in the man would have been longer than 14 days and it was unlikely to have been domestically transmitted.
By sealing off the country to all but returning Thai nationals and approved foreigners, and requiring all arrivals to quarantine, Thailand has kept coronavirus cases to just 3,461, the vast majority of which have recovered. The country has reported 58 deaths.
It had been more than 100 days without a domestic infection until a mysterious case appeared in Bangkok last week, with no travel history or known exposure to the virus.