Coronavirus: UK records almost 3,000 new cases for second consecutive day

Health secretary urges young people, among whom rise has been most marked, to abide by physical distancing guidelines

The UK has seen almost 3,000 recorded cases of Covid-19 for a second consecutive day, raising fears of a resurgence in the virus, as Matt Hancock urged young people in particular to stick to social distancing rules.

Government figures showed 2,948 confirmed cases of coronavirus on Monday, following the 2,988 recorded on Sunday. A week earlier, the combined UK daily total was less than 1,300.

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