Coronavirus latest: 107 new cases confirmed in Luton on final day of 2020

107 new coronavirus infections have been confirmed in Luton over the past 24 hours, according to figures from Public Health England.

By Stewart Carr
Thursday, 31st December 2020, 4:31 pm
Updated Thursday, 31st December 2020, 4:32 pm

The total number of cases in the borough now stands at 9,918 (+107).

The case rate in Luton is now 525.2 per 100,000.

Elsewhere in the county, Central Bedfordshire has 7,932 (+172) cases while Bedford's figure is at 6,251 (+111).

Coronavirus (stock image)

There have been 2,488,780 lab-confirmed cases across the UK, up by a daily rise of 55,892.

73,512 deaths have been recorded within 28 days of a positive test, up by 964 today.

Yesterday (Wednesday), the government announced Luton would remain in Tier 4 restrictions along with most areas of England.

Under Tier 4, rules are as follows:

> Non-essential shops, gyms, cinemas, hairdressers and bowling alleys will be forced to close for two weeks;

> People will be restricted to meeting one other person from another household in an outdoor public space;

> Under the new “stay at home” order, people in Tier 4 will be told they should not stay away from home overnight;

> People should not to travel into a tier four area, though support bubbles will remain unaffected as do the exemptions for separated parents and their children.