- Health department data shows that 40,224 covid cases were registered today, which is a 15 percent increase in a week
- and another 28 deaths linked to the virus were recorded, which is the same
- England and Scotland exacerbate current surge in Covid infections, data show
Britain’s daily COVID cases jumped again today as the outbreak continues to grow – but deaths have fallen.
Health department data shows 40,224 infections were recorded in the last 24 hours, an increase of 15 per cent over the previous Monday.
It marked the sixth day in a row that cases rose week-on-week, although they have been hovering between 30,000 and 40,000 a day since mid-August. The current daily average is 37,991 new cases per day.
England appears to be driving the current surge, with infections moving upward across the country. Northern Ireland is also seeing an increase in cases, while infections in Scotland and Wales appear to be decreasing.
The health chiefs also posted another 28 Covid deaths, down 15 per cent at the same time last week when 33 were recorded. This was the lowest daily death toll in two months. But due to the weekend, the number of deaths on Monday is less than expected.
No COVID hospitalization figures were published for the UK today, but the latest figures from England show that 613 people went to hospital with the virus in a week on 9 October, an 11.7 per cent increase in admissions .
Hospitalizations and deaths lag behind Covid cases by at least a week because it takes time for someone who has caught the virus to become seriously ill.
This comes as fresh test results showed that AstraZeneca’s COVID antibody cocktail could also help treat sick patients, the pharmaceutical giant asked US regulators for emergency approval for the drug.
England: Covid cases in England have been on an upward trajectory following the return of schools early last month. The above graph shows the reported cases in the country
Scotland: The graph above shows the number of COVID cases reported in the country as of the date. This suggests infections are decreasing after reaching record highs upon return to school
Northern Ireland: The graph above shows COVID cases as of the date reported in Northern Ireland. These too have been trending upward since schools reopened early last month
Wales: According to the latest figures, the cases of Kovid in the country remain stable. But today the data for two days was published as there was no infection data for Wales yesterday in the ‘network issue’ menat
England today saw a 14.5 per cent increase in its infections in a week after registering 32,349 new cases compared to 28,251 last Monday, Health Department data showed.
Scotland also saw a rise in its cases after registering 2,297 infections in the past 24 hours. For comparison, it announced 1,760 new infections at the same time last week.
Campaigners demand that family doctors work a minimum number of hours per week in exchange for £230,000 in taxpayer-funded training
Fury erupted today over the rise of ‘part-time’ GPs, with campaigners demanding family doctors work a minimum number of hours a week in exchange for their taxpayer-funded training.
Data from a government-backed study shows that the average GP – who earns around £100,000 a year – was working just 6.6 sessions each week before Covid.
Silver Voices, a campaign group representing elderly Britons, called on ministers to ‘control’ the working hours of GPs. It can cost up to £230,000 to train a doctor over the course of several years, but the government pays back some of the money through student loan repayment.
Dennis Reid, the group’s director, said: ‘If people are given very expensive health training, which is provided partly for free, it should be expected that they will work for a few hours.’
He attributed the decline in sessions to one of the main reasons why patients are struggling to see their GPs in the flesh. Other critics said it was ‘shameful’ that doctors were earning six-figure salaries for working a three-day week.
But GPs today hit back at part-time charges, which were claimed by a grieving husband that his cancer-stricken wife would still be alive if the GP hadn’t refused to go home.
The British Medical Association, the trade union for doctors, argued that ‘a part-time GP is often anything but’. It said the average doctor still works 40 hours per job – simply split up into fewer sessions, and the current level of workload has been made worse by a ‘pile of admins and bureaucracy’.
It called for freeing family doctors from red tape, claiming it would allow them to devote more time to patients.
Northern Ireland saw its Covid cases remain flat after registering 1,109 today, barely a change from 1,080 at the same time last week.
Wales recorded 4,469 Covid cases, but this represents the number of Covid cases recorded on both Sunday and Monday. A ‘network problem’ meant it did not publish any figures yesterday.
22,106 first doses were delivered today, with a dose of 19,451 seconds.
Some 49.1 million Britons – or 85.5 percent of those over 12 – have received their first dose, and 45.1 million people – or 78.6 percent – have received both doses.
A second dose is not currently recommended for healthy under-18s.
It comes as evidence that AstraZeneca’s antibody cocktail – called AZD7442 – can also fight COVID in patients battling the disease at home.
Patients with a mild bout of covid were up to 67 percent less likely to be hospitalized or died compared to volunteers given a placebo.
Antibodies are an important part of the immune system, and allow the body to recognize and neutralize foreign substances such as bacteria and viruses.
AZD7442 contains two types of lab-made antibodies, and is given to patients via handheld injection, as…