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Coronavirus deaths exceed 100 for fifth day in row with 16,171 new cases

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UK coronavirus infections chart on October 17, 2020
So far 43,579 have died after catching Covid-19, according to the Department of Health (Metro.co.uk)

Another 150 people have died in the UK after contracting coronavirus, as the country battles to contain its second wave.

In the past 24 hours a further 16,171 tested positive for the bug, compared with 15,650 the previous day, bringing the official total number of cases to 705,428, according to Department of Health and Social Care figures.

Today is the fifth consecutive day where more than 100 people have died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19.

Separate figures by the UK’s statistics agencies say there have now been 57,690 deaths where coronavirus has been mentioned on the death certificate.

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With cases rising sharply over recent weeks, a three tier ‘traffic light’ system for local lockdowns in England was announced on Monday.

More than half of the country is now living under tighter restrictions after pubs and bars were forced to close in Lancashire and Londoners from separate households were banned from meeting indoors.

Pedestrians wearing protective face coverings walk past a Covid-19 testing sign in Manchester in north-west England on October 17, 2020, as further restrictions come into force as the number of novel coronavirus COVID-19 cases rises. - About 28 million people in England, more than half the population, are now living under tough restrictions imposed on Saturday as the country battles a surge in coronavirus cases.
Pedestrians walk past a Covid-19 testing site in Manchester (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)
A man is detained by police officers in Soho, amid the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in London, Britain October 16, 2020.
A man is detained by police officers in Soho last night as drinkers filled the streets as London entered tier two at midnight (Picture: Reuters)

Greater Manchester is continuing to resist being moved to the third tier, despite Boris Johnson’s warning that he will ‘intervene’ if an agreement isn’t reached soon.

Meanwhile the Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson has urged people to stick to the rules in the locked-down city after announcing that his brother had died with coronavirus last night in hospital.

Last night in London the streets of Soho descended into chaos as drinkers spilled onto the streets after the 10pm, two hours before the capital moved to tier two.

Officers were seen leading some people away in handcuffs as they tried to clear West End drinking hotspot.

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