Britain’s coronavirus case count hits a three-month high, new figures revealed today.
Figures released by the Department of Health this afternoon indicate a further 45,066 COVID-19 cases have been reported in the UK.
This is the highest level of infections since July 20 – a day after ‘Independence Day’ when the Covid lockdown restrictions were lifted.
The numbers also showed that 157 more people have died from the virus, bringing the UK’s total death toll to 138,237. This is a slight increase in deaths from last Thursday which stood at 122.
Cases surged on Thursday amid warnings from Professor Chris Whitty that this winter would be “extraordinarily difficult” for the NHS.
England’s chief medical officer told delegates at the Royal College of GP’s annual conference in Liverpool that the health service faced the double threat of flu and COVID, as well as common winter problems such as trips and falls.
Meanwhile, new cases of Covid-19 among school children in England are at their highest level since comparable data began in autumn 2020, new figures show.
A total of 1,120.8 cases per 100,000 people aged 10 to 19 were reported in the seven days to October 10, up from 1,061.8 week-on-week.
The rate for five- to nine-year-olds is 574.2, up from 484.2 week-on-week.
According to the UK Health Security Agency (HSA), this is the highest weekly rate for both age groups since this data was first collected in October 2020.
Case rates are currently increasing in all age groups in England. The lowest rate is in people 80 years of age and older, rising from 90.2 to 110.8.
Dr William Welfare, HSA’s Director of Events, said: “The case rates for COVID-19 remain high across the country and are slowly rising.
“As winter approaches, help protect yourself from COVID-19 and the flu by washing your hands regularly and wearing a mask in crowded places. Open windows and doors to ventilate the room when meeting people inside.
“If you are offered a vaccine for COVID-19 or the flu, please take it. If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, get a PCR test done. “
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