- Britain’s Covid outbreak slows for the first time in nearly two weeks, with daily cases down 0.6%
- A further 36,480 people tested positive across the UK, compared to 36,710 cases seen last Thursday
- Meanwhile, Covid hospitalizations fell 12% to 657, while deaths dropped by 24.7% to 137, data show
- Separate figures today showed that the number of Britons who catch Covid every day has increased by almost 30% last week
Britain’s Covid outbreak has eased for the first time in nearly two weeks, while hospitalizations and deaths continue to decline.
Another 36,480 positive tests were recorded across the UK, a 0.6 per cent drop from the 36,710 infections seen last Thursday. The cases were increasing continuously week after week for the last 12 days.
Despite the drop in official numbers, it could be a setback as other surveillance measures revealed today that cases are still rising.
Data from King’s College London shows that the number of Britons catching Covid every day last week rose by almost 30 per cent.
Cases among children have increased ever since millions of youth returned to classes after the summer break. But now the infection is spreading to their parents, a trend MailOnline revealed earlier this week.
Meanwhile, Covid hospitalizations and deaths continued to decline, with 657 people infected with the virus requiring NHS care (a 12 percent decrease in the previous week) and 137 deaths recorded (down by a quarter).
Both figures are weeks behind infections because of how long it can take for infected patients to become seriously ill.
Face masks should be brought back to secondary schools to curb rising infections, independent SAGE member says
A member of the independent SAGE claimed today that face masks in secondary schools should be brought back immediately.
Guidance saying children should wear coverings to classrooms was removed in mid-May as part of ending lockdown restrictions.
But with the number of children testing positive for Covid rising to their highest level since the pandemic began, some academics now want them to return to schools.
Professor Christina Pagel, a mathematician at University College London, said they should be brought back to schools ‘right now’.
Addressing a Royal Society for Medicine briefing, he called for other mitigation measures to be put back into use such as keeping doors and windows open.
Current restrictions require school children to test themselves for the virus twice a week using a lateral flow device.
Face masks are already in use in schools in the South West, Cumbria and parts of Northamptonshire.
But this is not government policy across the country, although officials have said schools are free to re-impose some COVID restrictions, including face masks.
It comes like this:
- Face masks should be brought back to secondary schools to curb rising infections, independent SAGE member says;
- Stunning charts show how COVID poses a small threat to children: Official figures show the risk of dying from the virus is one in 300,000 for 10- to 14-year-olds;
- Transport Department officials send paramedics to bring HGV drivers back into the industry with the promise of ‘attractive’ pay to save Christmas – despite fears of an NHS winter crisis;
- Study suggests that millions of women may have irregular periods due to COVID-related stress;
- One in six children have a mental health problem and two-thirds say their life was worse in lockdown, a major NHS study found.
England recorded 29,826 new infections, Scotland 2,911 confirmed cases, followed by 2,580 in Wales and 1,163 in Northern Ireland.
Cases have been rising gradually in England and Wales after a surge in infections earlier this month, remaining flat in Northern Ireland and falling in Scotland.
Hospitalizations, which have been falling for 16 days across the UK. The 657 new admissions recorded on Sunday – the most recent date data available – are a 12 percent drop on the 714 patients who went to the hospital a week earlier.
And there was a 24.7 percent drop in deaths compared to last Wednesday, the biggest week-on-week drop in a month.
Meanwhile, 48.7 million Britons over the age of 16 have received at least one dose of the vaccine (89.8 percent), while 44.8 million are double-jabbed (82.5 percent).
Despite both programs starting earlier this month, officials have yet to release data on how many Britons have received their third dose of the vaccine or how many 12- to 15-year-olds have taken their first injection. have received.
It comes as scientists at King’s College London estimated that 58,126 people were getting infected every day for the week ending 25 September, up 28.9 per cent from the previous seven-day gap.
Professor Tim Spector, who led the study, said cases were now being passed down the ‘generation ladder’. He warned families to be careful in this ‘critical time’ as ‘a little caution’ could prevent hospitals from overflowing due to another surge this winter.
Britain has seen a week-on-week increase in its Covid cases for the past 12 days, after registering 36,722 positive tests yesterday – 6 per cent on last Wednesday. Scotland reported a meteoric rise in infections after schools went back in mid-August, fearing England would suffer as well.
This came as separate test and trace figures showed England’s infections increased by 18 per cent in the latest week. He said more than 190.000 positive test results were recorded in the week till 22 September.
And Public Health England’s weekly surveillance report showed that eight out of ten local authorities across England reported an increase in Covid cases last week.
Estimates from the Covid Symptom Study app – also run by health data science company ZOE – suggested that Covid cases rose in all four UK countries in the past week compared to the previous seven days.
Wales sees sharpest rise in infections, up 33 percent in one week to 4,185 cases