Health & Fitness Almost 100,000 people are now catching Covid every day in England
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England is at a “critical stage” as almost 100,000 people are catching Covid-19 every day, according to a study by Imperial College London.
According to researchers, the virus is spreading exponentially across the country, and the number of people infected is doubling roughly every nine days.
The scientists say the current restrictions are “not sufficient” and advise a change of policy before Christmas to get the virus under control.
96,000 people per day contracting Covid
The study was the sixth and latest round in an ongoing series of surveys, using data and swab results to estimate the number of infections in the country.
England and Wales Covid-19 deaths rise for first time since April
A report by the Office for National Statistics today revealed that a total 725 people died with Covid-19 in September, up from 576 in August but significantly lower than the 31,000 people in April.Office for National Statistics data published today show 725 people died with Covid-19 - although not necessarily because of it. In comparison, just 576 fatalities were recorded in August. This was the first time the number had increased since the first wave of disease slammed into the UK in April, when deaths in England and Wales soared from 1,700 to 31,000 in a month.
Researchers found that, while coronavirus case numbers are highest in the north of England, they are now rising most rapidly in the south.
Round six of the study used results from 86,000 people between 16 October and 25 October to estimate that around 96,000 per day are contracting the virus.
What is the infection rate?
The research puts the overall rate of infection in the community in England at 1.28 per cent, or 128 people per 10,000.
This has risen from 60 people per 10,000 in the last round of the study, which took place between 18 September and 5 October.
Director of the programme at Imperial College, professor Paul Elliot, said he was “disappointed” that the country is “still in this rapid growth phase.”
He said, “It’s more critical, because it’s gone up more and it’s continuing to go up.
Covid deaths rise again in England to 2,466 in second week of November
The weekly report from the Office for National Statistics showed that the numbers of people dying of any cause is higher than average in all regions of England and Wales, driven up by Covid fatalities.Office for National Statistics data published today shows there were 1,833 excess deaths in the week that ended November 13, with a total of 11,495 people dying.
“And also we’re seeing this increase in the rate of rise, rather than decrease in the rate of rise which we did spot before.
“So there was a period when the rate of rise was decreasing, and we were hopeful that the policies that have been implemented were turning the rates down and ultimately turning the prevalence down.”
The government’s Scientific Advisory Group on Emergencies (SAGE) has reportedly called for all of England to be placed into Tier 3 lockdowns by Christmas, and is projecting that the overall death toll from a second wave will be greater than the first.
Elsewhere in Europe, France has gone back into a national lockdown, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel has announced that Germany will enter national lockdown early in November.
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Flu comes on quicker, but COVID-19 is more infectious – and that’s not all.With cold and flu season fast-approaching, we asked Professor Sam Shah, chief medical strategy officer at Numan, to talk us through the key similarities and differences between your typical bout of influenza and COVID-19: