UK’s daily Covid cases rise to another month-high: Infections up 12% in a week to 40,701

, UK’s daily Covid cases rise to another month-high: Infections up 12% in a week to 40,701, The Today News USA

Daily coronavirus cases have risen in the UK again and the number of patients being admitted to hospital with the virus has started to nudge up once more — but deaths are down.

The Department of Health recorded 40,701 infections across the country over the past 24 hours, up nearly 12 per cent on last week. It’s the first time in a month that cases have risen above 40,000 in a single day. 

There were another 122 Covid deaths registered today in an 11 per cent drop on the figure last Thursday. It’s the 11th day in a row that fatalities have fallen week-on-week.

Latest hospital data also shows there were 681 Covid admissions on October 3, a small 4 per cent rise compared to the number the previous week.

Both death and hospital numbers lag a few weeks behind cases due to the time it takes for infection to turn into serious illness. 

Yesterday saw a week-long spell of falling cases come to an end, with the trajectory of the epidemic becoming increasingly harder to predict.

Separate data from the country’s largest symptom-tracking study today suggested that the number of Britons falling ill with Covid every day has jumped to the highest level since January.

, UK’s daily Covid cases rise to another month-high: Infections up 12% in a week to 40,701, The Today News USA

, UK’s daily Covid cases rise to another month-high: Infections up 12% in a week to 40,701, The Today News USA

, UK’s daily Covid cases rise to another month-high: Infections up 12% in a week to 40,701, The Today News USA

, UK’s daily Covid cases rise to another month-high: Infections up 12% in a week to 40,701, The Today News USA

, UK’s daily Covid cases rise to another month-high: Infections up 12% in a week to 40,701, The Today News USA

, UK’s daily Covid cases rise to another month-high: Infections up 12% in a week to 40,701, The Today News USA

, UK’s daily Covid cases rise to another month-high: Infections up 12% in a week to 40,701, The Today News USA

, UK’s daily Covid cases rise to another month-high: Infections up 12% in a week to 40,701, The Today News USA

King’s College London scientists estimated 66,033 people were getting infected daily in the week ending October 2, up 13.6 per cent from 58,126 the week before.  

Cases in children appear to be turning a corner but are still extremely high, with around one in 30 school pupils contracting the virus — nearly three times more than the next highest rate in 35 to 55-year-olds.

Professor Tim Spector, the epidemiologist who leads the study, argued allowing Covid to ‘run rampant’ in schools was ‘a real gamble’. He said he hoped that ‘herd immunity will kick in and cases will drop’ in children soon.

Nadhim Zahawi admits MASKS could return in schools to thwart Covid this winter 

Face masks could be brought back in schools to stem the spread of the coronavirus this winter, the Education Secretary admitted today.

Guidance saying all children should wear coverings in classrooms and corridors was dropped in mid-May as part of No10’s drive to learn to live with the virus.

But ministers have made contingency plans in the event of a rapid surge in cases among pupils.  

Nadhim Zahawi defended the potential measures, which includes coverings, increased pupil and staff testing and shielding vulnerable pupils. 

He insisted his priority was to ‘protect education’ and keep schools open. 

Meanwhile, Mr Zahawi also said he doesn’t want to bring back bubbles, which saw entire classes and year groups sent home if one child tested positive. 

Original coronavirus-fighting measures deployed in English schools contributed to 1.1million children being stuck at home during the most disruptive days of the Covid pandemic.

Ministers said dropping face masks would improve interactions between teachers and pupils, while ending bubbles would ease disruptions to education.  

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It came as new Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi admitted that face masks could make a return in schools this winter if cases show no sign of slowing down. 

The ZOE Covid Study figures are based on data from 44,958 recent swab tests done between September 18 and October 2. The app has nearly 750,000 weekly contributors in total.

It estimated that around 30,000 children under the age of 18 caught the virus each day on average last week, which was down slightly on the previous seven days. The data suggests cases might have peaked in the age group.   

The study said around 14,000 adults aged 35 to 55-year-olds were contracting Covid every day at the start of the month, a number which has been rising since the middle of September, after the start of the new school term.

Cases were low and stable in people over the age of 50, at just over 4,000. 

It is estimated one in 30 children aged between 10 and 19 currently have Covid. Out of the four home nations, only Scotland is seeing a national fall in cases. 

Professor Spector said: ‘While Covid may be less severe in children, allowing Covid to run rampant among them is a real gamble. 

‘With more than one in 30 older school-children now infected and as we predicted numbers rising, many will not escape long-term symptoms. 

‘These are the highest rates since January 2021. Without vaccination or restrictions in this group, we can only hope that some kind of herd immunity will kick in and cases will drop.

He added: ‘The good news this week is our latest research shows having a natural Covid infection before double vaccination means greater protection. 

‘This is really positive news for overall immunity levels in the UK and means that large numbers of people will have effective and long lasting protection from Covid. 

‘The evidence supports the need for vaccination, even for those who have already had Covid.

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‘We need to be less complacent and without restrictions much more focus needs to be put on getting everyone vaccinated before winter to keep up with other countries’ efforts.’ 

Meanwhile, face masks could be brought back in schools to stem the spread of the coronavirus this winter, the Education Secretary admitted today.

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, UK&#8217;s daily Covid cases rise to another month-high: Infections up 12% in a week to 40,701, The Today News USA

The number of Britons falling ill with Covid jumped by nearly 14 per cent last week up to their highest level since January, according to a symptom-tracking study

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Cases fell in 95 out of 149 local authorities, with the biggest drop offs seen in Swindon (47 per cent), South Gloucestershire (47 per cent) and West Berkshire (40 per cent). Map shows: The percentage change in case rates in authorities across in England during the weeks ending September 26 (left) and October 2 (right)

Two Covid vaccines give BETTER protection than natural immunity, study claims 

Covid vaccines offer better protection than natural immunity, researchers have claimed.

The true extent of immunity against the coronavirus remains shrouded in mystery.

Some studies have suggested getting infected naturally offers more protection than any vaccines.

But Britain’s biggest coronavirus symptom-tracking app has now come down in the favour of jabs.

Experts at King’s College London and health-tech firm ZOE, which run the software, say natural infection on its own stops 65 per cent of people from catching the virus again.

But two doses of AstraZeneca were found to be slightly better, with efficacy sitting at around 71 per cent. Pfizer’s was even stronger, with the double-dose course offering around 80 per cent protection after six months.

Professor Tim Spector, the lead scientist behind the app, said: ‘Regardless of which vaccine is administered, this research shows having a natural Covid infection before double vaccination does mean greater protection.’

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Guidance saying all children should wear coverings in classrooms and corridors was dropped in mid-May as part of No10’s drive to learn to live with the virus.

But ministers have made contingency plans in the event of a rapid surge in cases among pupils.  

Nadhim Zahawi defended the potential measures, which includes coverings, increased pupil and staff testing and shielding vulnerable pupils. 

He insisted his priority was to ‘protect education’ and keep schools open. 

Meanwhile, Mr Zahawi also said he doesn’t want to bring back bubbles, which saw entire classes and year groups sent home if one child tested positive. 

Original coronavirus-fighting measures deployed in English schools contributed to 1.1million children being stuck at home during the most disruptive days of the Covid pandemic.

Ministers said dropping face masks would improve interactions between teachers and pupils, while ending bubbles would ease disruptions to education. 

Government guidance published in August said some measures could be brought back to manage local outbreaks, respond to variants of concern or prevent the NHS from becoming overwhelmed.

Local health chiefs can implement the measures in the response to outbreaks.  

Face masks are already in use at schools in parts of the South West, Cumbria and Northamptonshire.

But current restrictions only require school children to test themselves for the virus twice a week using a lateral flow device. 

Cases have exploded to record-highs in children since schools went back, with 1.5 per cent of youngsters aged 10 to 14 testing positive in the week ending October 1. 

However, Government data suggests infections have started to fall among children over the most recent four days.  

Speaking to Sky News, Mr Zahawi said: ‘Thanks to the brilliant teachers and support staff and parents and children — 99 per cent of schools are open.

‘Attendance has gone up, the last set of figures I looked at was about 90 per cent, which obviously will fluctuate depending on infection rates.

‘But my priority is to protect education, keep those schools open.’

But Mr Zahawi revealed he was not looking to return to the bubble system to do so, ‘because actually, you saw the fall off in attendance which really does harm mental wellbeing, mental health of children’.

He did not, however, rule out the return of the wearing of masks in the classroom in England.

He said: ‘We’ve got a contingency plan, as you would expect me to do… it contains lots of contingencies, including masks, absolutely.’