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Early evening summary

  • The UK has recorded 7,143 new coronavirus cases – the highest ever daily total. That is more than 3,000 more than the figure yesterday (when the number was depressed because of the weekend) and 269 more than the previous high (6,874 four days ago). And it is higher than anything recorded at the start of the pandemic. But that comparison is potentially misleading because testing is much more widespread now than it was in March and April, when the first wave of coronavirus was at its peak. (See 4.43pm and 4.50pm.)

That’s all from us for now.

A colleague may be picking up the blog later to report on votes on the internal market bill. There is a round of voting starting now, and then the third reading vote a bit later this evening. We’re not sure yet whether there will be much of a Tory revolt. Theresa May spoke very strongly against the bill last week. She said that she could not understand how ministers could support it, and that she would not support it herself. But we don’t know if she will vote against or abstain.

Our coronavirus coverage continues on our global coronavirus live blog.

Health officials have disclosed that 62 University of Aberdeen students have tested positive for Covid-19, many of whom visited a student bar close to campus called the Bobbin.

The cases had occurred in halls of residence, private flats and private-owned student halls across the city. “The cases are currently not being treated as a single cluster. Investigations are ongoing and efforts are being made to identify any linkages between them,” a spokesman for NHS Grampian said.

He added that test and trace officials had visited the Bobbin, on King Street next to a sports and swimming complex used by the university, and taken customers lists away to help contact-tracing.

“There is currently no evidence of spread to the wider community and, working with the university, various control measures have been implemented in an effort to curb the risk of any further transmission,” he said.

On Monday evening Aberdeen university said the behaviour of the vast majority of its students had been exemplary but it restated its threat to fine those who broke the rule of six regulations £250 or to consider suspension or expulsion of any who repeatedly flouted the rules.


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