COVID-19 cases in the UK increased by 10 per cent in a week to 32,417 infections in one day, while daily deaths increased by 58 today.
Britons have been warned that tighter restrictions could be imposed for the winter if cases continue to rise – with the government closely monitoring the spread of the deadly bug.
However, despite the increase, cases have remained relatively stable – with the hope being Britons will be able to make it through the winter without going back into lockdown.
According to the latest coronavirus data, another 32,417 cases and 58 deaths were recorded in the last 24-hour period, a considerable jump from last Sunday.
Seven days ago 29,612 new cases were reported and 56 deaths occurred.
This means a 10% increase in cases week-on-week.
This comes after the transition and the R-rate fell, despite fears that the new school period could fuel a harmful boom.
It is hoped that the ongoing immunization program and the rollout of booster jabs for vulnerable people will help reduce the spread during the colder months.
Government scientists say the R-rate in England is now between 0.8 and 1 – below 1 for the first time since March.
Boris Johnson previously warned that tougher restrictions could still return this winter.
Mandatory masks, vaccine passports and work from home can be started under PM’s ‘Plan B’.
During an address to the nation, Prof Chris Whitty warned: “Winter is coming, and people must still take it seriously.”
Mr Johnson said he had “many shots in the locker” to stop the spike threatening the NHS – but “not necessarily run them all at once”.