Another nine deaths have also been reported on the day that stronger rules on gatherings come into force in England.
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Another 2,621 cases of coronavirus have been reported in the UK in the latest daily government figures, taking the total to 371,125.
The number of deaths increased by nine, bringing the overall count to 41,637.
Monday’s cases figure compares with 3,330 confirmed on Sunday – which marked the first time since May that cases had been above 3,000 on three consecutive days.
The latest number – reported by Public Health England – is still far less than during the peak of the pandemic, when it’s estimated to have been well into the tens of thousands each day.
Both the number of new cases and deaths were recorded in the 24-hour period up to 9am on Monday, with those who died having passed away within 28 days of testing positive for COVID-19.
To clamp down on the recent rise in coronavirus infections, the so-called “rule of six” has come into force in England, making social gatherings of more than six people illegal.
People face fines of up to £3,200 if they do not abide by the new measure.
Policing minister Kit Malthouse has said concerned neighbours should ring the non-emergency police phone number to report rule-breakers.
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