The UK’s Covid case total has risen again to nearly 50,000 – as Boris Johnson said “we will do what we have to do” to stop the spread.
Another 49,298 people tested positive for Covid-19 today, a week-on-week increase of 9.7 per cent over last Friday.
Yesterday, daily Covid cases crossed 50,000 for the first time in three months, when another 52,009 tested positive.
The last time daily infections crossed the grim milestone was on July 17 when 54,674 new cases were reported.
Today the death toll has also increased after 180 deaths were recorded. This figure shows an increase of nearly 60 per cent after yesterday’s 115 deaths.
It comes as Boris Johnson today vowed to do “whatever we have to do” to keep rising Covid cases under control, but insisted a complete lockdown is not “on the cards”.
The PM urged Britons to become increasingly “vigilant” and start wearing masks again amid alarm over spiraling infections.
Scientists have warned that without “Plan B” style measures the Covid outbreak could get worse next year – as vaccine immunity wanes.
In letters to scientific advisers to the government, experts have warned of the importance of booster jabs To keep the virus under control indefinitely.
Worst-case graphs suggest 150,000 infections per day, 2,000 hospital admissions and 300 deaths in the spring of 2022.
That too in winter with booster vaccines taken by 90 percent of adults over the age of 50.
Using Plan B – face coverings, work from home and vaccine passports – only “peaks” further into the year from May 2022.
It is based on the assumption that immunity declines more rapidly than expected.
But even with a moderate decline, infections could reach 100,000 per day – and 200 deaths – after winter.
The models – from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine – suggest that more peaks are inevitable next year, suggesting that Covid is not over.
Speaking at a vaccine center in London, the PM stressed today that the virus’s rise was “always predicted” by scientists and is “completely in line” with what he expected.
He said the most important thing people can do is to come forward for their booster jobs.
Boris said: “Our autumn and winter plans had always predicted that cases would rise approx now. We are certainly seeing this in numbers.
“We are seeing higher levels of infection, but they are not outside the parameters that were predicted or what we thought we would see.
“But it is very important that people follow the guidance on normal behavior when they are alert.”
He said people should wear masks “in confined spaces where you are meeting people you don’t normally meet”.
And he urged people to wash their hands regularly and ensure that the rooms have good ventilation.
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