Coronavirus cases fall for SEVENTH day in a row: Infections drop 8.2% 在一个星期内 41,278 but deaths rise by 31 至 166 and hospitalisations remain flat
Britain’s Covid crisis appears to be continuing to shrink with daily cases falling for the seventh day in a row today, official data has shown.
Department of Health bosses posted 41,278 新的 新冠病毒 infections today, 下 8.2 per cent on last Saturday’s figure of 44,985.
And Covid hospitalisations also fell 3.9 ％到 1,038 星期二, the latest date data is available for. It was down from the week before when 1,080 were admitted with the virus.
But the number of people dying the virus increased by nearly a quarter, 向上 23 百分比来自 135 last Saturday to 166 今天.
Hospitalisations and deaths both lag behind changes in daily infections because of the time it takes for the virus to incubate and disease to become severe.
The figures come after separate official data released yesterday showed more than a million people in England were infected with Covid on any day during the last week before half-term.
Bosses at the Office for National Statistics (我们) estimate around one in 50 people — the equivalent of 1,102,800 — would have tested positive on any given day during the seven-day spell ending October 22. It claims infections have risen by almost 13 一周内的百分比, soaring to a level not seen since the darkest days of Britain’s pandemic crisis in early January.
与此同时, separate figures from the UK Health Security Agency, which took over from the now-defunct PHE, yesterday showed the the R rate also rose and is now thought to be around 1.1 至 1.3, 从 1.0 至 1.2. It means for every 10 people infected, 之间 11 和 13 other will get the virus.
然而, both estimates are based on old data and the fresher Government statistics show the country’s outbreak has already started to shrink, even before children broke up for half-term.
Thousands of anti-vaccine passport protestors march through London
Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of London this afternoon to protest against the possible introduction of vaccine passports as part of the Government’s winter Covid ‘Plan B’.
Protestors marched through Piccadilly Circus in the centre of the city at around 1pm, holding signs reading ‘no vaccine passports’.
Few wore face coverings as they walked through the busy streets under the supervision of police. Some held signs saying ‘medical freedom’, while others flew the St George’s flag.
Video footage show some demonstrators clashing with officers outside the Australian Embassy as the most peaceful protest became more violent.
在视频中, protestors shout in the face of three officers standing outside the embassy. A woman pushes one of the officer before he pushes them back and a man shouts ‘stop the violence’.
London Metropolitan Police said: ‘Demonstrators gathered outside Australian House as part of a protest taking place in central London today.
‘Officers outside the property prevented demonstrators from causing criminal damage.’
In other coronavirus developments:
- Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of London this afternoon to protest against the possible introduction of vaccine passports as part of the Government’s winter Covid ‘Plan B’;
- Wales is set to tighten Covid restrictions to tackle a rising number of hospital admissions;
- A SAGE expert said further coronavirus waves cannot be ruled out and there is a lot of uncertainty about how the pandemic will pan out into the first half of next year;
- Official data showed England’s Covid vaccine drive for children is going even slower than thought, prompting calls for the NHS to speed up the roll out over fears it could leave No10 with no option but to resort to Plan B;
- Health chiefs yesterday claimed Covid vaccines appear to work just as well against the more transmissible Delta variant offshoot as they do on its ancestor.
No10’s advisers said it was likely that cases would eventually fizzle out in children because they have built-up such high levels of immunity following the back-to-class wave. They also claimed half-term would act as a natural fire-breaker by curbing indoor mixing of children.
‘Professor Lockdown’ 尼尔·弗格森, an epidemiologist who sits on 智者, yesterday argued Plan B — which would see the return of face masks and work from home guidance if the NHS becomes overwhelmed — ‘shouldn’t be necessary’, if cases keep dropping and the booster roll-out continues at speed.
Separate data from the country’s largest symptom-tracking study on Thursday suggested Britain is ‘worryingly close’ to recording 100,000 new Covid infections per day.
Tim Spector教授, the epidemiologist running the study, suggested the official Government daily count could be vastly underestimating the extent of Covid prevalence.
It comes as Health Secretary Sajid Javid today called on all secondary school and college students to get tested regardless of symptoms before they return to classrooms next week. ONS data showed 9.1 per cent of children in years 7 至 11 had the virus on any given day last week.
Mr Javid said: ‘It is vital that they are taking free and easy rapid tests that will help detect Covid infections from those who are not showing symptoms to keep the virus at bay.’