UK’s daily Covid cases breach 50,000 for first time since JULY in 15% weekly jump with infections now rising in four-fifths of areas and hospitalisations up by a third to brink of 1,000 – as Boris issues plea for people to come forward for booster jab

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  • Government has so far resisted mounting pressure to return to winter ‘Plan B’ and bring back masks and WFH
  • But there are fears that hospital rates could rise with only 8.7m out of 4m eligible patients in England
  • Symptom-tracking study today estimates there are 82,000 infections per day in the UK – double the official number

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How do I book a booster? And who is eligible for the third shot?


Who is eligible for the booster? Anyone over the age of 50 who has had their second dose at least six months ago.

Young people with health conditions that put them at greater risk of becoming very ill with Covid are also due to a booster as well as frontline NHS and care home staff.

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can i get one? When you become eligible you should receive a text, letter or phone call from your GP to arrange a booking.

However, if you had your second jab six months ago and still haven’t been contacted, you can now Book your booster online through the NHS website, or by calling 119.

Where are the boosters being taken out? NHS England says there are 2,200 vaccine hubs across the country, ‘most’ stocking boosters.

There are now fewer mass vaccination centers than in the first rollout, with an emphasis now on local pharmacies and GP surgery. A full list of features that Booster offers can be found at When booking online.

How many boosters have already been delivered? 4.05 million, but 8.7m are eligible. Has been asked to expedite the rollout. Eventually adults over 30m will qualify for the booster.


Britain’s daily Covid cases have breached 50,000 for the first time in three months, official data showed, amid growing fears of a sluggish booster vaccine roll-out and an imminent fourth wave asking ministers to bring back face masks and work from home. will force.

Health Department officials today recorded another 52,009 infections, a 15 percent jump from a week ago and the highest number since July 17 at the peak of the summer spike. The daily average is now approaching peak second wave levels.

The latest hospitalizations rose by a third in the seven days after 969 Covid-infected people were admitted to the wards, but the death toll (115) dropped from last Thursday.

Different data today suggest that infections are increasing in every age group and four-fifths in England, with an even more transmissible strain of the Delta believed to be to blame. AY.4.2 Has spread to all places in the country except two dozen.

And the country’s largest symptom-tracking surveillance study suggested daily cases had already reached 80,000, fearing this would be the limit at which the pandemic becomes ‘untenable’. The health secretary, Sajid Javid, has said that the country is well equipped to deal with 100,000 cases per day, however.

Boris Johnson today issued a desperate plea for more Britons to come forward for his boosters to ‘strengthen’ people’s defenses against the virus, amid fears that rising cases will once again last before Christmas. Time can be controlled.

Speaking during a visit to a school in Northern Ireland, the Prime Minister acknowledged that ‘the numbers are high’, adding: ‘We can see what’s happening, we can see the increase, now get those booster jabs’ It’s time to do it.’

The government has so far resisted mounting pressure to roll back its winter ‘Plan B’ to bring back masks and WFH guidance, despite rising cases and accusing doctors of ‘deliberate negligence’.

But Downing Street has said none of its top experts – Professor Chris Whitty and Sir Patrick Vallance – had formally requested the government to activate Covid ‘Plan B’, in an effort to shoot down claims Ministers are ignoring scientific advice.

While the government has insisted that it has no plans to implement the scheme yet, today it has emerged that higher support is to be given in areas that consistently have Covid infection rates above the national average.

Four local authorities – Leicester, Bolton, Luton and Blackburn and Darwin – will be subject to increased testing and targeted vaccination programmes. Another 15 sectors have been earmarked for the aid package.

The soaring figures came as England struggle to get off the mark of a Covid booster jab drive, leaving millions of vulnerable people without a critical third dose in what has been one of the hardest winters ever for the NHS is expected to be.

Of the 8.7m patients in England who are eligible for a booster, only 4 million now have one, including only a third of care home residents and half of those over 80. The government and the NHS claim the slow start to the rollout has been due to a drop in demand among the public.

But there have been increasing reports of elderly and vulnerable people being turned away from clinics because they were not sent official invitations even after they had their second dose six months ago.

Labor leader Keir Starmer told ministers today to ‘hold on’ to the top up drive to protect the most vulnerable. Visiting a pharmacy in London, he said: ‘The government said the vaccine would be a wall of protection against the virus. And now the government is allowing that wall to break down.

Former Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt called on the government to reduce the gap between the second and third doses to six to five months, in order to speed up this weak plan, as Israel is doing.

Labor’s shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth said a ‘stalling’ booster program was to blame for the country’s escalating Covid crisis, as he warned that the jab drive at the current rate would not be complete until March. Less than 200,000 boosters are being deployed per day.

Tony Blair commented after setting out a strategy to fix the Autumn Booster rollout, including setting a daily target of 500,000 boosters, reopening mass vaccination centers and using AstraZeneca doses.

The sluggish booster program comes against the backdrop of a rising number of cases, with around 50,000 Britons testing positive every day.  However, the UK's largest symptom-tracking study today estimated that the true number of infections is actually closer to 82,000 - which would reduce the rate at the peak of the second wave.  Scientists at King's College London, conducting the study, estimate that 81,823 people were getting infected with Kovid every day for the week ending 16 October, up 17 percent from 69,993 a week ago.  The graph shows the number of recorded infections among all people (blue line) and the number of recorded infections among double-jagged Britons (red line).

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