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UK records 1,288 new COVID-19 cases - government data

A tour guide holds an umbrella with the images of British, U.S., and Spanish flags as he talks with tourists in front of Clerigos Tower (Torre dos Clerigos), after Britain removes Portugal from its coronavirus disease (COVID-19) quarantine list, in Porto, northern Portugal August 21, 2020. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

LONDON (Reuters) - The United Kingdom recorded 1,288 new positive cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, up from 1,033 a day earlier, government figures showed.

Eighteen people died after testing positive for the coronavirus within 28 days, up from two a day earlier.

The new cases were recorded as the government ramps up testing so it can suppress the spread of the virus and ease restrictions that have crippled the economy.

Reporting by Andrew MacAskill; Editing by David Clarke