- Official data shows some 34,526 positive tests were recorded across the UK, up from 31,564 last Monday
- Another 167 Covid deaths were recorded, which was 17.7 per cent less than the 203 deaths reported last Tuesday
- And 706 infected people appeared for NHS care on Friday, a drop of 18 per cent from a week earlier.
- Hospitalizations and deaths outnumber cases because of how long it takes patients to become critically ill.
- The rising number of cases comes amid fears that the UK may be on the cusp of a fourth wave of the pandemic.
- Experts have always warned that there could be another wave after millions of students return to classes.
Britain’s daily COVID cases rose 9.4 per cent in a week, but deaths and hospitalizations have fallen by about a fifth, official figures show today.
Some 34,526 positive tests were recorded across the UK, up from 31,564 last Monday, according to Health Department data. This is the eleventh day in a row that there has been an increase in infections week-on-week.
Another 167 Covid deaths were recorded, which was 17.7 per cent lower than the 203 fatalities recorded a week ago.
And hospitalization data showed 706 infected people came forward for NHS care on Friday, an 18 percent drop from the 741 reported on 17 September.
Both measures are several weeks behind cases because of how long it can take for infected patients to become seriously ill.
A growing number of cases may be on the verge of a fourth wave in the UK amid fears that cases are spreading from children to their parents, data shows.
No10’s top scientists have always warned that there will be another wave of infections this autumn after millions of students return to classes.
Meanwhile, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) published data today showing the UK breached 1,000 in mid-September for the first time since March.
It comes like this:
- No10 acknowledges that vaccine passports may be required at nightclubs and playgrounds this winter under Covid ‘Plan B’ if NHS hospitals struggle to cope;
- Experts have warned that the petrol crisis could lead to an increase in Covid cases if passengers give up driving to go to work and return to trains and buses as they cannot get any fuel;
- The NHS boss has issued a warning to parents about Covid vaccine consent forms circulating in schools that claim the jab can lead to blindness.
Its report showed that the coronavirus caused 1,049 fatalities in the seven days till September 17, up 5 per cent in the previous week.
Meanwhile, 48.7 million Britons over the age of 16 have received at least one dose (89.7 percent), while 44.7 million are double-jaded (82.4 percent).
The figures come amid uncertainty over how the pandemic will play out for the rest of the year.
Vaccine passports take another step forward in England
No10 confirmed venues will be asked to implement the highly-controversial measure if the NHS comes under ‘sustainable pressure’ this autumn or winter, with England today one step closer to using COVID vaccine passports Got it.
Ministers abandoned plans to dramatically adopt certification rules for nightclubs and other prominent venues earlier this month following a huge Tory outcry.
But unveiling his winter plan to fight another surge in infections, Boris Johnson acknowledged that restrictions such as vaccine passports would be ‘put in reserve’.
Now the government has confirmed that passports will still be part of its ‘Plan B’.
In the event of a fourth wave in the NHS, a vaccine certificate will be required for people attending nightclubs, music venues, festivals and sports grounds.
Plan A – the nation’s first line of defense – banks on having booster vaccines to protect vulnerable and jabbing children.
Plan B – which ministers hope will be enough to prevent the country from another full-blown lockdown – includes reintroducing face masks indoors and work from home guidance.
Proposals published by the health department have now revealed more details of the passport scheme, and have warned that it could be implemented ‘in a short time in response to relevant data’.
Health Minister Maggie Thrupe argued that the vaccine rollout had ’tilted the odds in our favor’, but said the government should be ‘ready for all scenarios’.
Scotland had already announced that vaccine passports would be mandatory for people over the age of 18 in crowded settings from 1 October, but plans for measures were put on hold in England after protests from Tory MPs, who asked them to Called ‘coercive and discriminatory’.
COVID injections, along with booster jabs and vaccines for children, are expected to slightly reduce infections and squash hospitalizations and deaths.
But experts do not know whether these measures will be enough to stop the NHS from becoming overwhelmed.
ONS data shows the Covid death toll reached the highest weekly toll since the week ending March 12 (1,637) when a devastating second wave began to recede.
This figure includes any death with COVID as mentioned on the death certificate, including cases where it was not the main cause of death.
Meanwhile, official figures also showed that there have been more than 70,000 additional deaths at home in both England and Wales since the pandemic began.
Despite a slight increase in COVID deaths for the UK as a whole, the number of fatalities recorded in England and Wales (851) declined slightly. But it was lower than last week’s count (857), which was higher than normal due to delays in recording deaths on the August bank holiday, which had fallen within a span of the previous seven days.
The UK-wide increase was fueled by Scotland, which saw an 80 per cent increase in the number of deaths. It faced an explosion in Covid cases after schools returned in mid-August.
Deaths lag behind by several weeks because it takes time for a person to become seriously unwell after contracting the disease.