UK daily Covid cases surpass 50,000 for first time since end of lockdown

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UK records over 50,000 Covid-19 infections for first time since end of lockdown, latest official figures Display.

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A total of 52,009 cases were reported today, marking an increase of nearly 3,000 cases from yesterday.

The news comes after the UK recorded more than 40,000 new positive cases for eight consecutive days till 20 October.


The latest data shows that 372,603 ​​people have been confirmed with positive test results in the last 7 days – an increase of 18 per cent from the previous week.

Another 115 deaths have also been recorded today within 28 days of a positive test taking the total to 912 in the last 7 days.

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Currently, 162,620 deaths with Covid-19 have been recorded on death certificates in the UK.

The same data shows that 820 deaths have been recorded in the last one week with Covid-19 on death certificates.

Earlier today, Conservative ministers clashed over whether their allies should wear face coverings in the crowded Commons, with Downing Street saying it was “a matter of personal decision”.

Speaking at a coronavirus press conference on Wednesday, Health Secretary Sajid Javid suggested Tory lawmakers had a “role to set an example as private individuals”.

However, the health secretary’s sentiment was not supported by the prime minister’s spokesman and fellow minister Jacob Rees-Mogg.

In his justification for not wearing a mask in Parliament, he said: “We know each other on this side.”

Boris Johnson’s spokesman declined to say whether the prime minister would wear one the next time he appeared in the Commons.

This comes after NHS Confederation chief executive Matthew Taylor urged the government to implement a back-up strategy that includes measures including rolling back mandatory face coverings in public places.

He added: “We’re on edge – and it’s mid-October,” he said. “It will take an incredible amount of luck for us to not find ourselves in the middle of a deep crisis over the next three months.

“The government should not only announce that we are going to plan B, but it should be plan B plus. We should do what is in plan B in terms of masks… work from home, but at the same time We should try to achieve the kind of national mobilization that we achieved in the first and second waves, where the public went out of their way to support and help with healthcare.”

bbc radio 4s. while talking to Today On Wednesday’s morning programme, Professor Neil Ferguson of Imperial College London also sounded the alarm, warning that immunity in Britain appears to be “declining” due to the country’s early success in rolling out a vaccination plan, which was launched in December 2020. had begun.

“People need to be aware that we currently have higher levels of infection in the community than we had during the pandemic,” Professor Ferguson said.


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