Over 1,000 new COVID-19 cases have been recorded in the United Kingdom for the sixth day in a row as a second wave of the virus becomes evident across Europe.

A further 1,040 people have tested positive for the virus, bringing the total number of cases to 317,379. This is the sixth day in a row where new case numbers have been above 1,000. On Saturday there were 1,012 new cases and the day before there were 1,441.

The Government said 930 patients were in hospital, as of Thursday. Of those, 73 were in ventilator beds.

Five further deaths were recorded across the United Kingdom, taking the total number of deaths since the outbreak started to 41,361.

In Herefordshire, the number of cases of the virus remains at 899. No further deaths have been recorded at Wye Valley NHS Trust with the most recent death recorded on 15th July.