This brings the UK’s COVID-19 infection rate to 354.6 per 100,000 population, the highest in Europe
The latest data released by the government on Monday showed that there have been 265,934 infections in the last seven days, an increase of 11.2 per cent over the previous week.
This is the highest daily figure in Britain since Monday, 6 September, when 40,801 cases were reported.
This brings the UK’s COVID-19 infection rate to 354.6 per 100,000 population, one of the highest in Europe – is more than just a handful of countries, including Serbia, Lithuania and Latvia.
Twenty-eight more deaths have been reported with 28 days of positive Covid testing.
This compares with 111 two Mondays ago and suggests a continuation of the declining trend in daily deaths since late September.
Figures released in September show Covid-19 was the third leading cause of death in England, the highest ranking since March.
Meanwhile, government data as of 10 October shows 49,186,920 of the 94,376,101 Covid jobs given in the UK were first doses, an increase of 22,106 on the previous day.
There were some 45,189,181 second doses, an increase of 19,451.
It comes as ministers urged parents to vaccinate their children against Covid-19 amid concerns about the immunization schedule in secondary schools.
The argument followed data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) that one in 15 children aged 7 to 11 in school in England is estimated to have the coronavirus in the week to October 2.
A school leaders’ union has said head teachers are “increasingly frustrated” about delays in the Covid-19 vaccination program for 12 to 15-year-olds in schools at a time of rising student absenteeism.
The latest figures from the UK Health Protection Agency (UKHSA) show that only nine per cent of this group in England had been vaccinated as of 3 October.
In a joint letter to parents of secondary school and college students, Education Secretary Nadim Jahavi and Health Secretary Sajid Javid have said that “vaccines are our best defense”.
Three million students aged 12 to 15 across the UK are eligible to receive the first COVID-19 jab as part of a rollout that began three weeks ago.
The Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) has said it would support the use of walk-in centers in England if it would help “promote the speed of take-up and delivery” of vaccines among the age group.
It comes after figures that the number of children out of school in England for Covid-19 related reasons increased by two-thirds in a fortnight.
The Department for Education (DFE) estimates that 2.5 percent of all students – more than 204,000 children – were not in class on September 30 due to coronavirus-related reasons.
Provisional data from the government’s coronavirus dashboard shows 11.7 percent of 12- to 15-year-olds in England were vaccinated as of 10 October, compared to 38.9 percent of 12- to 15-year-olds in Scotland has gone.