Chief medical officer Chris Whitty has warned that the UK is “heading in the wrong direction” and that the country needs to take things seriously to avoid a serious second wave of the virus.

Professor Whitty and chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance will deliver a televised briefing on the latest coronavirus data at around 11am this morning.

Professor Whitty said the country was at “a critical point” in the pandemic.

“We are looking at the data to see how to manage the spread of the virus ahead of a very challenging winter period,” he warned.

In Herefordshire, NHS England confirmed yesterday that no further COVID-19 related deaths have been recorded at hospitals in Herefordshire, meaning that the total number of COVID-19 related deaths at hospitals in the county remains at 57 since the outbreak started.

The most recent COVID-19 related death at a hospital in the county was recorded on 15th July. 

Two further cases of the virus have been confirmed in the county, taking the total number of positive cases of the virus to 987 since the start of the outbreak.