Coronavirus news LIVE: UK officially enters recession as Oldham on the brink of local lockdown and deaths hit 46,628

Coronavirus news LIVE: UK officially enters recession as Oldham on the brink of local lockdown and deaths hit 46,628

Coronavirus news LIVE: UK officially enters recession as Oldham on the brink of local lockdown and deaths hit 46,628

The coronavirus death toll has dropped by 5,377 following an urgent review into the way deaths are recorded.

It means that now, only deaths that happen within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test will be counted towards the official figure.

It comes following the announcement that positive tests have remained above the crucial 1,000-a-day mark.

A total of 1,009 new cases have been diagnosed – bringing the total number of positive tests to 313,798.

However, the number of new cases diagnosed is lower than yesterday, when 1,148 people were confirmed to have the virus.

Meanwhile, the UK has officially entered into a recession for the first time in 11 years, after the economy shrunk by a record 20.4 per cent in the three months to June. 

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