COVID: UK daily cases pass 50,000 for first time since January


More than 50,000 daily coronavirus cases have been reported in the UK for the first time since mid-January.

There were 51,870 cases recorded – the highest figure since 15 January – and 49 deaths within 28 days of a positive test.

From Monday, lockdown rules will end in England – although some guidance will remain.

Earlier, England’s chief medical officer warned hospital admissions could hit “scary numbers”.

Prof Chris Whitty said the number of people in hospital with Covid was doubling roughly every three weeks.

The UK is “not out of the woods yet” and people should act with caution as restrictions are eased on Monday, he added.

The highest number of daily cases the UK has recorded so far is 68,053 on 8 January.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid previously warned case numbers could reach 50,000 a day by 19 July, and as high as 100,000 over the summer.

Meanwhile, separate Office for National Statistics data suggests Covid infections have risen again in much of the UK.

Latest figures from swab tests in the community suggest in England one in every 95 people has the virus – up from one in 160 in the previous week.

In Scotland, one in every 90 people is estimated to be infected, while in Northern Ireland it is one in 290 and in Wales one in 360.

The more infectious Delta variant accounts for almost every case.

It is estimated that just over 650,000 people, or 1% of the population in the UK, would have tested positive for coronavirus in the week to 10 July – up from 400,000 people the previous week.

The ONS says the percentage of people testing positive has “continued to increase” in England and Scotland, whereas the “trend is uncertain” in Wales and Northern Ireland.

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  1. People working in tourism related businesses
    PLEASE mask, sanitize, distance consistently
    and consider being vaccinated.
    Owners /managers, PLEASE ensure guests comply with the A& B protocols…(unless the Tourism Flexibility Plan exempts tourists from masking, distancing & sanitizing!)

    This delta variant is making people very sick, and deaths are escalating especially among non-vax or 1-dose of vax.

    • Work Smart why you’ll don’t stop trying to get people to put these vaccines in their bodies. You made your choice and they’ve made theirs it’s a personal decision .

  2. The media reports make this sound scary!
    It really isn’t.
    The UK tests huge numbers every day. Yesterday 1,177,000 people tested! That is more than the whole of the EU (EU population 446,000,000)
    Of the 50000 positive tests results very few people are actually ill! Our hospital numbers are low! UK deaths of people with COVID are down at 24th place for the cause of deaths in the UK!

    The vast majority of the positive tests are people whom have not been vaccinated!
    So YOUR choice is 1. take the vaccine to prevent catching COVID or 2. take the risk of catching COVID and hope you are OK. Thus gaining future immunity.

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