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UK Records Nearly 5,000 New COVID-19 Cases

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A waiter takes a photo in a restaurant in Covent Garden in London, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

LONDON — The U.K. has recorded nearly 5,000 new coronavirus cases, in the latest spike of the epidemic that has seen restrictions tightened across the country.

Figures from the Department for Health and Social Care show a daily increase of 4,926 new cases, up from Monday’s figure of 4,368. The U.K. has not recorded 5,000 daily cases since early May.

Though more testing is taking place now, the government’s scientific advisers say the proportion of the tests turning out positive for the virus is much higher than it was earlier this month, when around 1,500 new daily cases were reported.