Covid cases above 40,000 for fourth consecutive day

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UK registered 43,423 new covid-19 cases 24 hours to Saturday, marking the fourth day in a row that positive test results have topped 40,000.

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Estimates from the Office for National Statistics show the infection rate is close to the peak seen in the second wave last winter. About one in 60 people in private homes in England had Covid-19 in the week leading up to 9 October, up from 70 in the previous week.

October has seen a steady rise in the number of cases across the country so far. At the beginning of the month, the number of positive results was around the 30,000 mark, as recorded between October 1 and 5. On Thursday, the cases reached 45,066 – the highest since July.


According to Saturday’s data, 148 more people have died within 28 days of a positive test – taking the total to 833 deaths in the last 7 days.

The number of Covid-related deaths in the UK has increased by more than 5 per cent over the past week, while testing positive has increased by almost 13 per cent.

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The most recent figures for Tuesday show that the number of Covid-19 patients admitted to the hospital comes to 915 people daily.

These latest figures come after 43,000 people received falsely negative PCR test results after they were infected with the virus since early September, due to errors in a private laboratory, which has since been suspended by Test and Trace. Is.

The errors relate mainly to test results given to people between 8 September and 12 October in the south-west of England, but in some cases in the south-east and Wales.

A negative PCR means people will not need to be isolated and can potentially spread the infection to many others.


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