Each day virus circumstances within the UK on Thursday soared to over 50,000 a day for the primary time since July however the authorities once more resisted calls to reimpose restrictions.
Based on the newest statistics, there have been 52,009 new circumstances recorded within the UK — the best determine since July 17.
The UK has managed to manage two vaccine doses to 79 p.c of these aged 12 and over and the variety of hospitalisations stays comparatively low.
It’s pushing for all these not inoculated to get the vaccine and urging the over-50s and clinically weak to take up the provide of a 3rd booster vaccine in addition to get flu jabs.
Well being Secretary Sajid Javid on Wednesday performed down considerations over the stubbornly excessive figures and insisted it was not time to convey again measures equivalent to obligatory mask-wearing indoors.
“Instances are rising. They might go but as excessive as 100,000 a day. This pandemic is just not over,” Javid instructed a information convention.
“We’re wanting intently on the information however we can’t be implementing our Plan B of contingency measures at this level,” he insisted.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson additionally resisted calls from well being officers to chop close-contact transmission, given fears that the rising numbers may overwhelm hospitals coping with different respiratory infections over the winter months.
“We’re watching the numbers very fastidiously daily. The numbers of infections are excessive however we’re throughout the parameters of what the predictions had been,” he stated.
“We’re sticking with our plan,” he added.
Well being minister Edward Agar on Thursday instructed Sky Information that school-age kids had been driving the elevated an infection charges in England.
The UK Well being Safety Company stated a complete of 1,366.eight circumstances per 100,000 folks aged 10 to 19 was recorded within the week to October 17 — up from 1,134.9 within the earlier seven days.
The speed for kids aged 5 to 9 was 719.2, up week-on-week from 585.0. Each charges are the best since information was first collected in October final yr.
Johnson and his authorities have confronted repeated criticism for reacting too slowly at key phases of the pandemic for the reason that outbreak started early final yr.
Britain’s demise toll stands at 139,146, second solely to Russia in Europe. The nation’s complete variety of circumstances is second solely to the USA, in line with Johns Hopkins College.