The UK has recorded nearly 50,000 new coronavirus infections, the biggest daily increase since lockdown rules ended in England three months ago.
For the sixth consecutive day, more than 40,000 new cases of Covid-19 were reported, with 49,156 new infections on Monday.
The increase on Monday brought new daily cases closer to upper levels seen during the heat wave of infections, down slightly from 55,000 on July 17.
Prior to the two days in July, daily cases were no more than 50,000 since January, when the emergence of the new and more infectious delta variant resulted in an average of more than 1,000 deaths per day in that month.
Despite the number of cases rising again in the UK, experts say widespread vaccination has significantly compromised – but not broken – the link between infection and serious illness or death.
There were 45 more deaths on Monday. However, as on the previous day, the weekly average of deaths was 124 per day.
The latest figures from the Department of Health and Social Care showed that 915 people were hospitalized with the coronavirus on Tuesday alone. As of Friday, the hospital had around 7,100 coronavirus patients, of whom 791 were in ventilation beds.
The rise in new coronavirus infections – which previously hovered around the 30,000 mark in early October – comes amid warnings that a winter crisis is already underway in the NHS, months before peak levels of pressure are usually reached.
In some accident and emergency departments, many patients have waited nearly 50 hours for a bed, Granthshala It was reported on Monday, with several hospitals announcing the incidents.
On Friday, more than 90 per cent of hospital beds in England were occupied. Anything above 85 percent is seen as an unsafe level.
Dr Katherine Henderson, president of The Royal College of Emergency Medicine, said: “Winters present a significant challenge to the healthcare system,” adding that staff are concerned about the NHS’s ability to cope.
“The government needs to recognize the potential crisis and support the health and care service as it tackles the challenges ahead.”
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