- Health Department officials posted 31,564 new coronavirus infections today, an 18.5 percent increase from last week
- The death toll within 28 days of testing positive for the virus rose by 9.7 per cent to 203. happened
- But Covid hospital admissions continue to decline – with 861 new patients reported last Thursday
Britain’s COVID crisis appears to be escalating again as daily cases rise week-on-week for the fourth day amid fears of a late return to school.
Health department officials posted 31,564 new coronavirus infections today, up 18.5 percent from the 26,628 recorded last Tuesday.
Cases were falling nine days before Saturday, suggesting the UK may finally see the impact of a return to schools in England, Wales and Northern Ireland at the start of the month. Experts warned that reopening classes would result in a sharp increase in infections.
Deaths also increased today, taking the death toll to 203 within 28 days of testing positive for the virus. This was up from 9.7 percent of last Tuesday’s 185.
But Covid hospital admissions continue to decline with 861 new patients recorded last Thursday – the latest date data is available – down 25 per cent in the previous week.
It was the sixth day in a row that hospitalizations declined week-on-week, but the admissions figures followed trends in cases over a week of any change.
Both hospital and death figures lag behind trends in cases by a few weeks because it takes time to become seriously ill with the virus.
Separate figures show that last week more than 122,000 children in England were out of school for Covid-related reasons, either because they had tested positive for the virus or had been in close contact with someone who was infected.
Cradock Primary School in Brecon, in Welsh County Powys, was sent home today after nearly half of the schools reported positive COVID test results.
Health chiefs last week signed off on plans to start vaccinating children against the virus to prevent further disruptions to education, even though the direct benefits to their health from vaccination were ‘modest’.
Vaccines started starting yesterday and 3 million healthy children between the ages of 12 and 15 are now eligible.
England: Cases in England appear relatively flat despite school reopening at the start of the month, but data from four UK countries lags slightly behind the UK overall
Scotland: Infections in Scotland are falling sharply after the country reopened some time ago
Wales (left) and Northern Ireland (right): Cases have risen again in Wales after a brief shutdown, while in Northern Ireland their trend is decreasing.
Tories slam No. 10 for ‘perverted’ move to deliver over-12 Covid vaccines
The Tories today criticized a ‘distorted’ decision to expand the COVID vaccine rollout to children under 12.
In the first parliamentary debate about the controversial extension of the jab drive, Conservative MPs said it no longer meant Britain was passing through the ‘worst phase of the pandemic’.
He questioned the move to leave the final decision on vaccination with children if deemed competent enough, noting that experts are torn on health benefits and ethics.
Britain began immunizing healthy secondary school-aged children for the first time yesterday with a single dose of Pfizer vaccine.
It did so despite originally not being blessed by the No10 Vaccines Advisory Panel, which said the health benefits to youth were ‘modest’.
The Joint Committee for Immunization and Immunization (JCVI) left the decision to Chris Whitty and chief medical officers of developed countries. He signed off on the plans on the grounds that it could prevent hundreds of thousands of school absenteeism.
Bolton West MP Chris Green said in the Commons: ‘In many ways we can objectively say that we are passing through the worst of the pandemic and yet more drastic or authoritarian measures are being introduced at this stage. It is perverted.’
It comes like this:
- One study suggested that more than 10,000 people are likely to die of cancer due to the COVID pandemic;
- America’s top covid doctor suggested today the British vaccinated astraZeneca Jobs will be allowed in the US when travel restrictions are eased this autumn;
- Tories today condemns ‘distorted’ decision to expand COVID vaccine rollout to children under 12;
- Top doctors today fought back against face-to-face calls to make GP appointments the default again, claiming it was ‘unqualified’.
Government figures show that last Thursday, one in 10 children was out of class due to Kovid.
The Department of Education (DFE) estimates that 1.5 percent of all students – about 122,300 children – were not in school for Covid-19-related reasons on Thursday last week.
The figures show 59,300 students with a confirmed case of Covid-19, 44,600 with a suspected case and 15,900 absent due to isolation due to other reasons.
Another 2,000 students were closed due to attendance restrictions to manage the outbreak and 500 did not attend as a result of school closures for Covid-related reasons.
It comes as schools in England do not have to put pupils in year group ‘bubbles’ to reduce mixing and isolate children if they have been exposed to a positive case of Covid-19.
Instead, they will have to undergo a PCR test and isolate only if they are positive.
Headmasters’ unions have warned that educational disruption remains ‘significant’ and some schools are already struggling to keep classes open.
According to the DfE analysis, some 91.9 percent of students were in class on Thursday (September 16) last week. In comparison, on September 17 last year, about 87 per cent students were in the class.
All secondary school and college students are invited to take two lateral fluency tests…