Britain’s daily Covid cases have risen by a fifth, just a week ahead of Boris Johnson’s winter virus plans.
Another 31,564 people tested positive for coronavirus today, a 19 per cent increase over the 26,628 recorded last Tuesday.
It marks the fourth day that there has been a week-on-week increase in daily cases.
The death toll in Britain has also increased, with 203 people dying on this day on Tuesday last week, registering a 9 per cent increase.
But hospital admissions are falling as 861 new patients were recorded last Thursday, the most recent date with available data.
This represents a drop of 25 per cent over the figures recorded a week ago.
It comes after Boris Johnson admitted that amid Covid and supply chain chaos, another uncertain Christmas is to be faced.
Gloomy had previously warned of a winter boom as students return to schools and the NHS grapples with its usual seasonal stress.
Asked if things will go back to normal this year, the PM can only hope that “we certainly don’t want or expect anything like last Christmas”.
He said canceling the festival “is not the plan” amid fears of empty shelves and overwhelmed hospitals.
The PM warned last week that work-from-home masks and even vaccine passports could be returned under the government’s winter Covid plan.
He unveiled a “toolbox” of drastic contingency measures that can be put in place at short notice to stem a new spike.
Speaking at a Downing Street briefing last Tuesday he was optimistic that his plan would “give us confidence that we don’t need to go back to the lockdowns of the past”.
Prof Chris Whitty warned: “Winter is coming, and people must still take it seriously.”
Sir Patrick Vallance said any signs of a resurgence of Covid would have to be dealt with hard and swiftly.