Britain’s back to school wave of Covid is continuing to bite as new cases continued to rise for the sixth day in a row today.
Department of Health bosses posted 36,710 infections today, up 36.4 per cent on the 26,911 recorded last Thursday.
It was the biggest week-on-week jump since July 18 (51.6 per cent), not including the spike on September 6 which was caused by undercounting the week before on the bank holiday.
Covid deaths also jumped by 15 per cent to 182 today. The week-on-week trend in fatalities is continuing to waver every day, suggesting the link between infections and deaths may truly have been severed.
And in a more positive sign, hospitalisations are continuing to fall, dropping 14.6 per cent to 714 on Sunday, the latest date data is available for.
Meanwhile, separate data from one of the country’s biggest surveillance projects today suggested the number of Britons falling ill with Covid every day fell five per cent last week.
King’s College London scientists estimated 45,081 people caught the virus every day in the week to September 18, down from 47,276 in the previous seven-day spell.
But the data showed there was an uptick in infections among under-18s, in yet another sign of a delayed back-to-school wave of infections. Experts warned cases would spiral after children returned to classrooms in England, Wales and Northern Ireland in September.
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Source: Daily Mail