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The number of Britons who fall ill with Covid every day falls below 70,000

The number of Britons who fall ill with Covid every day falls below 70,000 as symptom-tracking app estimates a 2% drop in cases in a week

  • Scientists at King’s College London estimated that 69,993 people were getting infected daily in the UK last week.
  • Professor Tim Spector, the epidemiologist behind the study, warned the NHS could face a ‘disaster’ this winter
  • Separate official data Covid cases hit a three-month high yesterday and hospitalizations jumped again

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Last week the number of Britons who fell ill with Covid for the first time in a month has declined, according to one of the country’s largest surveillance studies.

King’s College London Scientists running a symptom-tracking app estimated that 69,993 people were getting infected daily for the week ending October 9, down 1.6 percent from 71,111 the week before.

Despite the glimmer of hope, Professor Tim Spector, the epidemiologist who led the study, warned NHS This winter may face a ‘disaster’ if the high number of cases exceed 55 despite the slowdown.

It comes after more up-to-date data showed cases hit a three-month high yesterday and hospitalizations jumped again – but deaths fell.

The health department’s daily update shows 42,776 positive tests were reported across the country in the last 24 hours, an increase of seven per cent over the previous week. The figure was the highest recorded since July 21, when 44,104 infections were posted and marked the eighth day in a row of rising cases.

Scientists at King’s College London estimate that 69,993 people were getting infected daily for the week ending 9 October, down 1.6 percent from 71,111 the week before.

The ZOE Covid Study estimated that the number of daily new cases is now falling under the age of 18, but remains high across all age groups.  Cases are now steadily increasing in the 35- to 55-year-old age group and are less common among those aged 18 to 35 and over 55 years.

The ZOE Covid Study estimated that the number of daily new cases is now falling under the age of 18, but remains high across all age groups. Cases are now steadily increasing in the 35- to 55-year-old age group and are less common among those aged 18 to 35 and over 55 years.

In terms of prevalence, cases are highest in Wales, the Midlands, the North West and the North East.  They have been falling steadily in Scotland since the beginning of October.

In terms of prevalence, cases are highest in Wales, the Midlands, the North West and the North East. They have been falling steadily in Scotland since the beginning of October.

UK daily Covid cases hit three-month high: Infections rise 7% in a week to 42,776

Yesterday Covid cases hit a three-month high and hospitalizations jumped again – but deaths fell.

The health department’s daily update shows 42,776 positive tests were reported across the country in the last 24 hours, an increase of seven per cent over the previous week.

The figure is the highest recorded since July 21, when 44,104 infections were posted and marks the eighth day in a row of rising cases.

Meanwhile, hospital admissions rose 10.4 percent week-on-week to 754, while deaths fell five percent to 136.

Both measures are weeks behind case numbers, as it takes time for someone to become seriously unwell after catching the virus.

This comes amid growing fears that the fourth wave is just around the corner, with the infection now ticking across every age group.

The ZOE Covid Study figures are based on data from approximately 750,000 weekly contributors.

It is estimated that the number of daily new cases is now falling below the age of 18, but remains high across all age groups. About 32,000 new cases were reported daily in Under-18s last week.

Cases are now steadily increasing among 35- to 55-year-olds and are less common in those 18 to 35 and older than 55.

The prevalence of Covid is highest in Wales, the Midlands, the North West and the North East. They have been falling steadily in Scotland since early October.

As of Monday, about 1,900 people per 100,000 people were thought to be infected in Wales, compared to fewer than 1,100 in Wales.

Professor Spector said: ‘The UK is slowly waking up to the fact that Covid cases are very high, but the reality is they have been increasing for months and many countries have put us on their red list.

‘Infection is more common in young people, and is spreading among 35- to 55-year-olds. If these creep in over 55 it could spell disaster for the NHS this winter.

‘This week a major UK care home provider has confirmed that, based on our research, they now include cold-like symptoms on their visitor forms to prevent potential Covid cases from entering their facilities.

‘This is a bold move as it goes against official government guidance, but will ultimately save lives, and hopefully others will follow suit.’

He said: ‘With so many cases, it is clear that herd immunity is not happening, and the risk is that most people assume they are safe if they have Covid or a vaccine.

‘ZOE data shows that vaccine protection decreases over time and that only one natural infection gives only 64 percent protection, so we need to do everything possible so that everyone is double vaccinated and protected against natural infection. Waiting for herd immunity to happen through the medium can be stopped.

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