PUBLISHED: 09:27, Sun, Sep 6, 2020 | UPDATED: 16:26, Sun, Sep 6, 2020
According to Government statistics, cases rose by 2,988, taking the overall total to 347,152. This sharp rise in cases is the highest since May 22 when 3,287 were reported. Deaths, however, only rose by two to 41,151. Earlier today, a scientists warned COVID-19 may be still lingering in society three years from now. Professor Hendrik Streeck said people should get used to living with the virus in the atmosphere as part of their everyday life. Prof Streeck, who has been researching how coronavirus is passed between households, gave a grim outlook. He forecast intermittent spikes in infections in certain regions, as seen in Scotland recently.
The German virologist predicted the disease would still be a problem for governments in 2023, the Daily Record reports.
Prof Streeck said: “This virus is not disappearing. It has now become part of our daily lives.
“It will still be here in three years and we have to find a way to live with it.
“However, it is really important to stop super-spreading events where many people gather together as those can cause large outbreaks.
"We know that social distancing, not gathering in big groups and covering your face can have a profound impact on the infection.
“These are simple measures that can help stop the spread if you have large levels of infection.”
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4.10pm update: Almost 3,000 cases reported in the UK
The UK has reported 2,988 cases of coronavirus today, marking the highest daily rise since May 22 when 3,287 were recorded.
The overall case number now stands at 347,152 while deaths rose by two to 41,551.
A further 175,687 tests were also processed.
3.39pm update: "Don't risk infecting others"
Nicola Sturgeon has commented on the new batch of coronavirus cases today.
The new weekly total represents the highest since May, causing the First Minister to insisted stronger measures might be needed.
She said: "Today’s numbers show a continued increase, including in % positive.
"While this reflects the substantial opening up of the economy, it reminds us of the need to deploy strong counter measures. We have two main tools at our disposal.
"All in all, this is a moment to take note and act in a way that prevents spread."
3.28pm update: 208 new cases reported in Scotland
The batch of new cases now takes the weekly total to 1,079, which is the highest since May 6.
This takes the number of people who have tested positive for the virus to 21,397.
No new deaths were reported which takes the number who have died after testing positive to 2,496.
The number of deaths, where COVID-19 is registered on the death certificate remains at 4,228.
3.11pm update: NHS England reports three new deaths
The total number of hospital deaths in England has now risen to 29,607 according to the latest figures.
The patients were aged between 69 and 89 years old.
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2.58pm update: No new deaths in Wales
There have been no further reported deaths of people who tested positive for coronavirus in Wales, health officials have said.
The total number of deaths since the beginning of the pandemic remains at 1,597.
Public Health Wales said the total number of Covid-19 cases in the country had increased by 98, bringing the revised confirmed cases to 18,381.
A top scientist has warned COVID-19 will be in the atmosphere for another three years (Image: GETTY)
2.18pm update: More than 100 fresh infections in NI
There have been 106 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Northern Ireland, according to the Department of Health.
While the department's statistical dashboard provides updates on the number of positive test results over the weekend, it does not relay up-to-date information on coronavirus fatalities on Saturdays and Sundays.
The latest death toll reported by the department on Friday stood at 564.
1.36pm update: First COVID-19 case confirmed in NI jail
A prisoner is being treated for Covid-19 after becoming the first inmate in Northern Ireland to test positive for the virus.
The man tested positive for coronavirus after being remanded into custody at Maghaberry Prison on Thursday.
The Northern Ireland Prison Service said the case had been contained due to "robust processes" put in place in response to the pandemic.
A spokesman said: "A man remanded into the custody of Maghaberry Prison on Thursday has tested positive for Covid-19.
"As with all new committals during the pandemic, he was separated from the main prisoner population to ensure the safety of staff and other prisoners.
"He is being cared for by our staff and colleagues from the South Eastern Trust. His family have been informed.
"This is the first positive test of a prisoner in Northern Ireland."
Students at a school in Archway, London, practice social distancing (Image: GETTY)
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Urging workers to return to the office at the same time as reopening schools is jeopardising the test and trace system's ability to cope, a leading public health expert has warned.
Professor Devi Sridhar, from the University of Edinburgh, said she was concerned about the UK Government's campaign to encourage people back into offices coinciding with pupils' return because the testing system in Scotland struggled with a surge of demand when schools reopened.
Ms Sridhar, who is an adviser to the Scottish Government, told Sky News that a fast, effective test and trace system was key to keeping the infection