October 21 coronavirus news

By Joshua Berlinger, Adam Renton, Emma Reynolds, Ed Upright, Melissa Macaya, Mike Hayes and Meg Wagner, CNN

Updated 12:02 a.m. ET, October 22, 2020
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8:53 p.m. ET, October 20, 2020

UK Covid-19 death toll 3 times higher than the day before

From CNN's Hilary McGann in London

The UK recorded 241 new coronavirus deaths on Tuesday — more than three times the 80 deaths reported on Monday — according to the government's website. 

In each case, the person died within 28 days of first testing positive for coronavirus, the government explained. 

On Tuesday, another 21,331 cases were reported in the UK. 

9:24 p.m. ET, October 20, 2020

Daily coronavirus case numbers in the US are at levels not seen since the summer

From CNN's Jason Hanna and Christina Maxouris

A volunteer wearing a face mask displays a sign checking for Covid-19 test appointments from motorists arriving at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, on October 8.
A volunteer wearing a face mask displays a sign checking for Covid-19 test appointments from motorists arriving at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, on October 8. Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images

Daily coronavirus case numbers in the US are at levels not seen since the summer, and more than a dozen states set record highs for Covid-19 hospitalizations in the past week -- yet more evidence, experts say, of a difficult fall and winter ahead.

The country's seven-day average of new daily cases was above 58,300 as of Monday -- a level not seen since the first week of August, and climbing closer to the summer's peak of 67,200 on July 22.

Average daily new cases have soared 70% since September 12, when the country was at a two-month low of about 34,300.

As cold weather is likely to drive more gatherings indoors, the case level appears too high to avoid dangerous levels of infections and hospitalizations in the coming weeks, experts have said.

"(With) the fact that we're only going to see more transmission occur with indoor air, people inside, this is going to be a rough fall," Michael Osterholm, the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, told CNN on Tuesday.

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