UK records 1,715 Covid cases in largest weekend figure since mid-May | Coronavirus outbreak

More than 1,700 people in the UK have been reported to have tested positive for coronavirus, the largest weekend number since the middle of May.

The government figures, published on Sunday, which showed 1,715 further positive tests, continue a worrying trend of a growing number of cases since the beginning of July, amid persistent concerns over a second spike in the autumn.

The cases bring the total number to 334,467. There was just one new death, bringing the total to 41,499.

Weekend figures are typically lower than those recorded on weekdays because of delays in processing patient information. The last Saturday or Sunday when the daily number of new positive cases was above 1,715 was 17 May, when the figure was 1,838, though the preceding figures that week were significantly higher than they have been in recent days. The total is the highest number on any day since June 4.

The news came as passengers who flew to Cardiff from the Greek island of Zante on a Tui flight five days ago were told to self-isolate after at least seven people on the aircraft tested positive for Covid-19.

Cardiff and Vale Test Trace Protect and Public Health Wales identified at least seven confirmed cases of Covid-19 from three different groups deemed to be infectious on the flight.