The UK’s daily Covid cases increase by the most in three months, as 49,156 infections were recorded.
The dramatic spike in cases marks the highest daily increase in the spread of the virus since July 17, when 54,674 infections were recorded.
Today’s figures are the sixth day in a row that the number of people who have tested positive for Covid has exceeded 40,000 – sparking concerns the strict winter restrictions could be brought in.
This is a 16.2 percent increase in cases compared to the previous week, indicating that the current surge continues to expand.
The number of daily deaths also rose to 45 within 28 days of a positive test result.
Figures recorded today mean the total number of people who have caught the virus in the UK now stands at 8,497,868.
Brits have been warned that the NHS is prepared for an “extraordinarily difficult” winter, even if Covid remains at bay.
Top doctor Chris Whitty said the flu and other seasonal bugs meant medics would be swallowed up regardless of the pandemic.
And he stressed that only a small amount goes wrong with the coronavirus under the flood of cases for hospitals.
In a bleak forecast, he said: “I wish I could claim that there is a land above the Granthshala and it would be glorious until Christmas – but sadly I fear it is not.”
The government is reportedly planning to start walk-in clinics for children aged 12 to 15, amid fears that the rollout of vaccinations in schools is too slow.
Nearly half of new Covid cases in England are now among the under-20s, figures show.
It comes as thousands of people must retake their coronavirus test after being exposed by a dodgy lab was giving false negative results.
In September and October at least 43,000 people apparently may have been given they had covid.
Work at Immensa Health Clinic in Wolverhampton has been halted due to an increase in negative PCR tests following positive lateral flow results.
Most are in western countries. The lab received a taxpayer-funded contract worth £119 million last year, months after its launch.
In January it was discovered that the workers were drinking, fighting and watching porn in the lab when they should have been handling the samples.
Tory MP Nigel Mills said: “This place should have been closed for good while running its story.
“It is shocking that it has been allowed to remain open and there is a huge mess now. It’s a shame.”
Officials are contacting people who may still be infected and are asking them to self-isolate if they have symptoms and get tested again, while old samples are re-tested in other laboratories. Is.