- Health department officials posted 39,851 new positive tests today, an increase of 8.5 percent over last week’s 36,722
- This was the biggest increase in daily infections since September 6 when 41,192 new cases were reported
- The death rate was 4.7 per cent lower in 150 deaths recorded last Wednesday, which has come down to 143 today
Britain’s slowdown in Covid cases could be the end, official data suggested today as daily infections rose for the first time in a week.
Health department officials today posted 39,851 new positive tests, up 8.5 per cent over last Wednesday’s count of 36,722. This is the biggest daily toll since 6 September (41,192).
Hospitalizations also rose 1.1 per cent to 666 on Saturday, the latest date for which data is available. This was the first time in 20 days that the number of daily admissions had increased week-on-week.
But the death toll continues to fall within 28 days of a positive test, with 143 deaths recorded today. There was a 4.7 percent drop in deaths from the 150 recorded last Wednesday, the twelfth day in a row that the number of victims fell week-on-week.
This comes after separate official figures revealed today that nearly a fifth of people in Blackburn have tested positive for Covid since the pandemic began.
The Lancashire Authority has been the most affected area in the UK, recording 12 times more cases per population size than the least affected parts of the UK. Data from the Department of Health shows that about 19,000 people per 100,000 people have had the virus in Blackburn since March 2020, compared to just 1,500 in Scotland’s Orkney Islands.
It comes like this:
- Republic of Ireland international footballer Callum Robinson has admitted he has opted not to be vaccinated despite being twice short of the virus and is the first high-profile footballer to admit he hasn’t had the jab;
- Officials announced that foreign tourists would not be welcome to Australia until at least next year, despite the country easing its strictest COVID travel restrictions;
- An inquiry heard that a Covid denier had his mental health ‘exacerbated by the pandemic’ after he died by jumping off high cliffs in Cornwall;
- Covid passes are set to be introduced in Wales after the Welsh government won a hard-fought vote because an opposing Conservative member cannot log in to Zoom;
- It was claimed that families could still be forced to spend £75 on PCR tests upon return from holidays in this half-period;
- report suggested Manchester United still have a long way to go from getting most of their squad vaccinated against Covid And their rivals are getting frustrated with the club on this issue;
- A vaccination center was forced to turn people away due to ‘huge’ queues and chaotic scenes inside.
Families returning from October half-term holidays ‘may be forced to pay £75 for PCR tests once back in the UK’
Families may still be forced to spend £75 on PCR tests when returning from holidays in this half-period, it was claimed today.
Day two return swabs should have been phased out at the end of the month in favor of cheaper and faster lateral flow tests for complete vaccination.
While the government says its ‘target’ is to be on time for half the term, a cabinet source said that ministers were urged to keep the PCR as they feared variants.
The move will come as a major blow to millions of vacationers and the beleaguered travel industry, which will aim to make up for the damage caused by the pandemic during the half term.
“There is a very real possibility that a PCR will have to be taken even after a half-hour break,” the source told The Sun. Hitting out at Health Secretary Sajid Javid, he said: ‘Those who claim to be great unlockers have been quickly caught by the health authorities.’
But officials from the Department of Transport categorically told MailOnline today that it will replace the day’s two PCR tests with lateral flow by the end of October.
The government said today that 143 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid, bringing the UK total to 137,295.
Separate figures published by the Office for National Statistics show that 161,000 deaths have been recorded in the UK where Covid was mentioned on death certificates.
Government data as of 5 October shows 49,035,877 were first doses out of 94,085,830 Covid jobs given in the UK, an increase of 41,347 on the previous day.
There were some 45,049,953 second doses, an increase of 28,572.
Separate figures revealed today by MailOnline show Burnley is the second worst-affected area in Britain since the start of the pandemic, with the virus infecting just under 18 per cent of the population.
It was followed by Knowsley (17.9 per cent) in Merseyside, Hyndburn (17.0 per cent) in Lancashire and Derry City and Strauben (16.8 per cent) in Northern Ireland.
Covid was least prevalent in the remote islands and coastal areas of Scotland, Wales and England. After the Orkney Islands, the Shetland Islands – the northernmost part of the UK – had the next lowest case rate, with 2.9 per cent of people testing positive.
It was followed by Wales (3.1 per cent), Moray (4.2 per cent) in north-east Scotland and Comhair non-Illian sear in north Norfolk (5.2 per cent).
Broadly speaking, the figures highlight that the northern parts of England – which are usually the most disadvantaged – have borne the brunt of the crisis.
Blackburn initially became the country’s hotspot last summer and was put into local lockdown to contain the rising number of cases. The outbreak is believed to be the result of low adherence to social distancing among disadvantaged and hard-to-reach ethnic minority groups.
Case rates in that area increased once again when the delta variant burst through the population in May. The strain was imported into the country in large numbers through travelers returning from India.
Experts told MailOnline that the true proportion of people contracting the disease would be even higher, especially in the first wave, because of the lack of testing, and…