- Health department officials reported 38,520 cases today, an increase of 13.7 per cent over 33,869 cases reported last week
- The death toll also rose today, with 181 victims recorded within 28 days of a positive test
- Around 766 people were hospitalized with coronavirus on Friday, an 11.8 percent increase in a week
Britain’s coronavirus crisis continues to be on an upward trajectory, with new daily infections rising by nearly 14 per cent today.
Health department officials posted 38,520 positive tests, an increase of 13.7 per cent over the 33,869 recorded last Tuesday. The infection has increased week-to-week, every day for a week now.
Meanwhile, the trend of deaths and hospitalizations is also moving upwards. Both measures are weeks behind cases because of how long it can take for infected people to become seriously ill.
Another 181 victims were added to the government’s official death toll today, up nine percent from the 166 seen last week.
And hospitalizations also increased by 11.8 percent in a week. Some 766 infected patients were admitted to NHS wards on Friday, for which the latest data are available.
The figures came in the wake of a scathing report today after Keir Starmer called for a No. 10 Covid investigation that laid bare a string of ministers failing to tackle the pandemic.
The first major investigation into the COVID crisis concluded that thousands of care home residents died unnecessarily in the pandemic, and that ministers were blindsided by ‘groupthink’ among scientific advisers, trying to suppress it. instead wanted to manage the spread of the virus.
The dossier also claimed that the No10’s initial decisions on lockdown and social distancing rank as ‘one of the most significant public health failures the UK has ever experienced’.
Health officials are investigating an increase in the number of false COVID lateral flow tests
Scientists have suggested that thousands of children with sniffles may be wrongly told to stay at home.
Secondary school children are asked to take two lateral flow tests per week. If they test positive, they should stay at home until they receive results from the gold-standard PCR swab.
The latest Test and Trace (T&T) figures show that 18,930 out of 615,000 rapid swabs taken by students in the week ended September 29 came back positive.
Of those, 13 percent – or 2,053 – were either negative or zero when followed up with PCR.
Children being wrongly told that they have COVID by devices has doubled in a month.
This has prompted health chiefs to launch an investigation, with the scientific community now discussing whether the increase is actually leading to a winter resurgence.
Experts have suggested that heavy mucus samples from children who test positive may reduce the accuracy of the swabs.
Gaming tests and faulty LFDs for taking time out from school have also been suggested as possible factors behind the increase.
It comes like this:
- Jeremy Hunt admitted he was part of a ‘groupthink’ that unfairly focused too much on the flu and failed to adequately plan for one. coronavirus global pandemic;
- Scientists suggest that thousands of children who snore may be wrongly asked to stay at home due to COVID concerns;
- Indian experts claimed that people should wear masks outside as the air flow in the same direction as cough increases the transmission of COVID.
Government data shows 49,216,092 were first doses out of 94,428,905 Covid jabs given in the UK till yesterday, an increase of 29,172 on the previous day.
There were some 45,212,813 second doses, an increase of 23,632.
But health chiefs have yet to release any daily figures for the third dose, despite the booster campaign being launched last month.
The government said 181 more people died today, bringing Britain’s total to 137,944.
Separate figures published by the Office for National Statistics show that 163,000 deaths have been recorded in the UK, where Covid was mentioned on death certificates.
The total death toll comes after politicians criticized the government for its handling of the pandemic in the early stages of last year after a joint report by the Health and Science select committees
Speaking on a tour of a lorry driver training center near Oldham, Sir Keir said: ‘I think the PM can at least address the families, apologise, and move the public inquiry as quickly as possible. can.
The opposition leader said: ‘The PM should take responsibility as the responsibility is his, and he should apologise.
‘But I just want to start by acknowledging how difficult it will be for the bereaved families to learn what they will in this report, which is a damning indictment of the government and the government for its flaws and errors and failures. Chaotic track and trace, with the price being paid by those bereaved families, driving the NHS down before the pandemic was too slow to respond.’
Latest data from Test and Trace shows the proportion of children being told they are positive for COVID when they do not have the virus by lateral flow devices has doubled in the past month (red line) . More than one in ten positive results from lateral flow are false
Former Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt admits he was part of a ‘groupthink’ focused on the flu
A disastrous report today exposed the list of failures at the top of the government at the start of the COVID crisis.
A major criticism is that ministers were in the early stages subjected to ‘group consideration’ among scientists who wanted to manage the spread of the virus rather than suppress it.
Former health secretary and Tory Party leadership candidate Jeremy Hunt admitted today that he too was part of a ‘groupthink’ that failed to plan for the pandemic.
He told Good Morning Britain that the country should have been locked down earlier.
He added: ‘Of course the prime minister is ultimately responsible, but some of the advice he received was also wrong.’