Daily Covid cases rise by 14% in a week to 43,676 but hospital admissions drop for EIGHTH day in a row and deaths are down a quarter

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  • Britain records 43,676 cases in last 24 hours, a 14.1% increase from 38,263 infections last Wednesday
  • Some 722 Britons infected with the virus sought NHS care on Saturday, a 7.3% drop from 779 last week
  • Daily Covid deaths drop by a quarter, with 149 people dying within 28 days of testing positive for the virus
  • Researchers at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine estimate remaining hospitalizations
  • He says England will suffer another 35,000 admissions if everyone else is exposed to the virus
  • It had the lowest rate of hospitalization in Europe due to prior infection and immunity from boosters.

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Official data shows COVID cases continued to rise across the UK today, but deaths and hospitalizations are still on a strong downward trend.

Another 43,676 cases have been reported in the last 24 hours, an increase of 14.1 per cent over the number of positive cases confirmed last Wednesday.

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And the daily Covid death toll fell by a quarter, with 149 more deaths recorded today. This is the fifth consecutive day that the deaths have come down.

Meanwhile, 722 Britons infected with the virus sought NHS care on Saturday, the latest date figures are available, a week-on-week drop of 7.3 per cent. Admissions are closed for eight consecutive days.

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Both measurements are two to three weeks behind the trend in cases as a person delays catching COVID and becomes seriously unwell.

Cases have been on the rise in the UK for the past fortnight, when schools went back from half-baked at the beginning of the month.

Infections are concentrated in younger age groups, while booster jabs are reducing cases in those over 60.

It comes as British experts today sounded the alarm over a new Covid variant, the most mutated version of the virus yet. The strain, which has not been seen in the UK, carries 32 mutations, many of which suggest it is highly transmissible and vaccine-resistant.

But more promisingly, researchers at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) estimated today that England will have the fewest hospitalizations compared to other European countries if everyone in the country is to catch Covid right now. .

Health Department figures show England recorded 36,550 cases in the past 24 hours and 2,154 people tested positive in Wales, while Scotland recorded 3,080 and Northern Ireland 1,931 infections.

9.9 million infections have been confirmed in four countries since the pandemic began last March. But the actual number will be several lakhs higher, because of limited testing capacity at the start of the Covid crisis and not everyone who is tested for the virus is getting tested.

With 1,090 per 100,000 10- to 14-year-olds testing positive in the seven days as of November 19, the rate of cases is highest and rising fastest among younger groups. Infections increased by 30 percent in one week among the age group.

The new Botswana variant with 32 ‘terrible’ mutations is the most developed COVID strain ever – as experts warn it could be ‘worse than Delta’.

British experts have sounded the alarm over a new Covid variant that has emerged in Botswana, the most mutated version of the virus yet.

Only 10 cases of the strain have been detected, which can be named ‘NU’.

But it has already been observed in three countries, suggesting that the variant is likely to be more widespread.

It has 32 mutations, many of which suggest it is highly transmissible and vaccine-resistant, and has more mutations in its spike protein than any other variant.

Changes in the spike make it more difficult for existing jabs to fight, as they train the immune system to recognize the older version of this part of the virus.

Dr Tom Peacock, a virologist at Imperial College who first noticed its spread, described the combination of mutations as ‘terrible’.

He warned that B.1.1.1.529, its scientific name, has the potential to be ‘worse than almost anything’ – including the world-leading delta strain.

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Despite the rising number of cases, hospitalizations and deaths are less than half the level recorded in the same period last year.

Some 722 Covid-infected Britons were admitted to hospitals across the UK on Saturday, while 7,874 people who have had the virus were under NHS care yesterday.

For comparison, on the same day last year, 1,552 Covid patients were hospitalized and a total of 17,680 were in the hospital.

And in the last 24 hours, 149 deaths were recorded, compared to 464 this time last year.

Meanwhile, 26,822 first doses and 22,002 second doses were administered across the UK, meaning that 50.8 million over-12 (88.4 per cent) have had at least one injection and 46.2 million (80.4 per cent) are fully immunised. .

Around 365,152 more Britons came forward for a booster dose in the past 24 hours, meaning 16 million more than 40, frontline workers and vulnerable people are now triple-jabbed.

The European Union today urged its member states to free everyone 18 years and over a third of age from COVID-19 to control infections, hospitalizations and deaths this winter.

But the Joint Committee on Immunization and Immunization (JCVI), which advises No. 10 on the rollout, has yet to issue a decision on triple-jabbing to all adults, which last week expanded the list of eligible people over the age of 40. after it is extended to all people.

Meanwhile, scientists today raised the alarm over a new COVID variant – called B.1.1.529 – believed to have emerged in Botswana to be the most mutated version of the virus yet.

Only 10 cases of the strain have been detected, which can be named ‘NU’.

The variant has already been seen in three countries – Botswana, South Africa and Hong Kong – suggesting that the variant is likely to be more widespread.

There is no case in the UK. But the UK Health Security Agency, which took over from Public Health England, said it was monitoring the situation closely.

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