Britain's daily Covid cases rise by 7% in a week as outbreak grows

Britain’s daily Covid cases rise by 7% in a week to 36,722 as outbreak continues to grow – but deaths and hospitalisations dip by a tenth

  • Department of Health bosses posted another 36,722 infections, a rise of 6.6 per cent on last week’s figure
  • Another 150 deaths were added to the Covid death toll, while 659 infected Britons were hospitalised
  • Both figures – which lag weeks behind infection rates – are down 10 per cent compared to last week’s data
  • Meanwhile, 89.8% of Britons have had at least one dose of the vaccine, while 82.5% are double-jabbed
  • Covid cases have risen by seven per cent across the UK, marking the twelfth day in a row that the outbreak has grown week-on-week.

    Department of Health bosses posted another 36,722 infections, a rise of 6.6 per cent compared to the 34,460 positive tests recorded last Wednesday. 

    Britain’s infections have increased steadily after schools reopened this month, with increased mixing in classrooms driving up rates in pupils. There are now signs that they are passing the virus to their parents. 

    Meanwhile, another 150 deaths were added to the Covid death toll, while 659 infected Britons were hospitalised.

    Both figures – which lag several weeks behind cases because of how long it can take for infected patients to become seriously ill – are down 10 per cent compared to last week’s data.

     

    The latest figures means an average of 35,204 people tested positive on any given day in the last week.

    Nearly 8million Britons have received a positive lab-reported or lateral flow result since the beginning of the pandemic. At the peak of the second wave last winter, some 81,480 people tested positive on a single day. 

    Vitamin A nasal drops could help Covid patients recover their sense of smell, scientists say 

    Nasal drops containing vitamin A could help Covid patients regain their lost their sense of smell, researchers believe.

    University of East Anglia scientists will run a 12-week trial, treating infected people who have lost their smell with nasal drops containing the nutrient. 

    Experts say the trial builds on a German study showing the potential benefit of the vitamin, and they ‘will explore how this treatment works to help repair tissues in the nose damaged by viruses’. 

    They hope the treatment ‘could one day help improve the lives of millions around the world who suffer from smell loss, by returning their fifth sense’.

    Anosmia, the medical term for a partial or total loss of smell in a person, is one of the tell-tale signs that an individual has Covid, with those experiencing the problem advised to get a test for the virus and self-isolate. 

    But anosmia due to to Covid can also be long term, with nearly 5 per cent of Covid patients not recovering their sense of smell one year after being infected. 

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    The vast majority of the daily infections were spotted in England. Some 29,036 cases were recorded, a rise of 6.3 per cent on the 27,317 positive tests last week.

    Millions more cases have went missed due to lack of testing capacity in previous waves and asymptomatic spreaders, who make up a significant amount of transmission.

    Data for England shows the highest infection rates are among school-aged children.

    Some 1,475 per 100,000 children aged 10 to 14 tested positive in the seven days up to September 24.

    Meanwhile the figure was also high for 15 to 19-year-olds (617 per 100,000) and those aged five to nine (567 per 100,000).

    Cases are also running high among 40 to 44-year-olds (404 per 100,000) and 45 to 49-year-olds (346 per 100,000). 

    Meanwhile, cases have fallen by 16.7 per cent to 2,997 in Scotland after the country saw its biggest surge in infections since the pandemic began after pupils returned to classrooms on August 16. 

    Infections in Scotland peaked at 7,523 on September 2 and have been falling steadily since then. 

    Experts had always warned of a fresh wave after the return of schools, where the majority are not vaccinated. In the worst-hit parts of the country, up to one in 24 children tested positive last week alone. 

    And MailOnline analysis this week revealed a fourth wave may be underway, as Covid-infected school-aged children begin to transmit the virus on to their parents. 

    Meanwhile, Wales saw the biggest week-on-week rise in cases, soaring by 35.6 per cent to 3,369. 

    And infections are up 24.5 per cent in Northern Ireland, where 1,320 people tested positive, compared to 1,060 last Wednesday.

    But the latest rise in cases is not yet reflected in the daily hospitalisation and death figures.

    The number of Covid-infected Britons seeking NHS care dropped 11.1 per cent to 659 on Saturday, the latest date figures are available for, compared to 747 admissions one week earlier. 

    ENGLAND: 29,036 cases were recorded, a rise of 6.3 per cent on the 27,317 positive tests recorded last Wednesday

    ENGLAND: 29,036 cases were recorded, a rise of 6.3 per cent on the 27,317 positive tests recorded last Wednesday

    SCOTLAND: infections fell by 16.7 per cent to 2,997 after the country saw a surge in infections that coincided with pupils returning to classrooms on August 16

    SCOTLAND: infections fell by 16.7 per cent to 2,997 after the country saw a surge in infections that coincided with pupils returning to classrooms on August 16

    WALES: cases soared by 35.6 per cent to 3,369, the biggest week-on-week rise out of the four UK nations

    WALES: cases soared by 35.6 per cent to 3,369, the biggest week-on-week rise out of the four UK nations

    NORTHERN IRELAND:  infections are up 24.5 per cent, with 1,320 people testing positive, compared to 1,060 last Wednesday

    NORTHERN IRELAND:  infections are up 24.5 per cent, with 1,320 people testing positive, compared to 1,060 last Wednesday

    And 150 Britons died within 28 days of a positive test, bringing the total fatalities to 136,525. An average of 129 people have died each day in the last week.

    Separate data from the Office for National Statistics yesterday revealed that Covid contributed to 1,049 fatalities in the seven days leading up to September 17, the highest virus fatality rates seen in the UK since March.

    Meanwhile, 48.7million Britons aged over 16 have had at least one dose of the vaccine (89.8 per cent), while 44.8million are double-jabbed (82.5 per cent).

    Officials have not yet released data on how many Britons have received third doses of the vaccine or how many 12 to 15-year-olds have received their first injection, despite both programmes beginning earlier this month.

    The extra injections are a key part of No10’s plans to suppress hospitalisations and deaths through autumn and winter.

    It comes as scientists at the University of East Anglia revealed they will run a 12-week trial later this year to determine whether nasal drops containing vitamin A could help Covid patients regain their lost their sense of smell

    Experts say the trial builds on a German study showing the potential benefit of the vitamin, and they ‘will explore how this treatment works to help repair tissues in the nose damaged by viruses’. 

    They hope the treatment ‘could one day help improve the lives of millions around the world who suffer from smell loss, by returning their fifth sense’.

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