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The number of coronavirus cases reported in the UK has experienced its biggest Sunday increase since mid May as 3,330 more people have tested positive for the deadly illness.
New infections have continued to surge on the eve of England tightening its lockdown rules, with the country set to adopt the "Rule of Six" from Monday in order to stop a deadly second wave.
It comes as the country's death toll increased, with five more people losing their lives to Covid-19 across the country in the last 24 hours.
All five patient deaths occurred at hospitals in England, with Wales and Scotland reporting no new fatalities. Northern Ireland will report its figures later.
The official UK death toll now stands at 41,623.
It is the third day in a row that the number of new cases has been more than 3,000.
England is to bring in a ban on social gatherings of six or more people on Monday in a bid to curb the increasing rise in infections.
It will become illegal to met up in groups bigger than six from tomorrow in homes, outside or in venues, in a government bid to curb spiking infections.
However schools, and businesses where people mingle like shops, pubs, cafes, restaurants will remain open – people just won't be able to meet in groups larger than six there.
Fines can be issued to anyone found flouting the rules, starting at £100, and capped at £3,200 for repeat offending.
Today's new cases included 2,837 in England, 244 in Scotland, 162 in Wales, and 87 in Northern Ireland.
Scotland is following Westminster's lead and is also implementing a rule of six, as cases continue to surge most sharply there and in England's North and Midlands.
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