Coronavirus latest: Number of Luton infections pass 2,000 mark

Luton reached a grim milestone yesterday (Friday) as its number of coronavirus infections passed the 2,000 mark.

By Stewart Carr
Saturday, 26th September 2020, 2:19 pm
Updated Saturday, 26th September 2020, 2:22 pm

The total number of cases in the borough now stands at 2,004 (+17).

This week has seen record numbers of new Covid-19 cases in Luton, with 27 infections confirmed on Thursday, 28 on Wednesday, 12 on Tuesday and 32 on Monday.

Elsewhere in the county, Central Bedfordshire has 1,523 (+12) cases, while Bedford's figure stands at 1,612 (+19).

Coronavirus (stock image)

There have been 423,236 lab-confirmed cases in the UK, rising by 6,874.

The number of Covid-19 associated UK deaths has been recorded as 41,936 - rising by 32.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced new restrictions which came into effect on Thursday to curb the rising tide in new Covid-19 infections across the country.

Pubs are required to offer table service only, and must close by 10pm.

The move has been criticised as "devastating" by the UK hospitality centre, but the PM has warned that restrictions may be toughened up further if the number of new infections continues to increase.