September 7 coronavirus news

By Ben Westcott, Adam Renton, Amy Woodyatt, Meg Wagner and Mike Hayes, CNN

Updated 12:00 a.m. ET, September 8, 2020
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10:20 p.m. ET, September 6, 2020

UK records its highest Covid-19 daily case number since May

From CNN's Sarah Dean

Members of the public get tested for Covid-19 at a coronavirus mobile testing center in West Dunbartonshire on September 3, in Dumbarton, Scotland.
Members of the public get tested for Covid-19 at a coronavirus mobile testing center in West Dunbartonshire on September 3, in Dumbarton, Scotland. Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

The United Kingdom has recorded 2,988 new Covid-19 cases in a 24-hour period -- the highest daily number since May, according to government figures published on Sunday.

The UK’s total number of recorded cases now stands at 347,152. 

In addition, two Covid-19 patients have died, bringing the UK government's official death toll to 41,551.

In response to the new figures, Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tweeted: "Cases rising across the UK - 2988 being reported today compared to 1813 yesterday. This reminds us again of the need to be very vigilant and comply with all the facts."

Comparisons should be made with caution because the number of tests being processed has increased since May.