Another 3,330 cases of coronavirus were recorded in the UK today, an increase of 11% last Sunday.
A total of 368,504 cases have now been confirmed while the government also announced that five more people had died from the virus on Sunday. This brings the UK total to 41,628.
Last Sunday, 2,988 cases were recorded and three new deaths.
The patients counted in today’s death toll were between 67 and 86 years old and all had known underlying health conditions.
The dates of the deaths were September 11 and September 12. No deaths have been reported without a positive Covid-19 test result.
Separate figures released by UK statistical agencies show that there are now 57,400 registered deaths in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.
It comes as the government imposes panic restrictions across England, with Boris Johnson’s draconian new ‘rule of six’ set to come into effect on Monday amid fears the ‘R’ reproduction rate could reach 1 , 7.
SAGE Professor Sir Mark Walport has warned the public that England is on the verge of ‘losing control’ over the viral outbreak as he urges people to cut contact with friends and family.
Experts believe the spread of the coronavirus at lower doses is keeping the number of deaths and hospital admissions low, but the daily number of cases is high.
Social distancing measures mean that an infected person could only transmit traces of Covid-19 to another person, so the ‘infectious dose’ of the virus is lower.
Because the newly infected person would have a smaller amount of the virus, their symptoms would not be as severe – the same as chickenpox.
While this would explain why an increase in cases has not led to an increase in deaths, doctors have pointed out that Covid-19 is not well enough known to determine if it is dose-dependent.
But other viruses, including SARS and MERS – the coronaviruses that caused two previous pandemic outbreaks – follow this pattern.
Covid-19 cases have been slowly creeping in the UK since early July.
A total of 244 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in Scotland in the past 24 hours – the highest daily figure since May 6.
Statistics show 22,679 people have now tested positive in Scotland, up from 22,435 the day before.
No deaths of confirmed Covid-19 patients have been recorded in the past 24 hours and the death toll remains at 2,499.
There are 259 people in hospital confirmed to have the virus, a drop of two in 24 hours.
Of these patients, seven were in intensive care, compared to one.
There have been 162 more cases of Covid-19 in Wales, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 19,390.
Public Health Wales said no further deaths have been reported, with the total number of deaths since the start of the pandemic remaining at 1,597.
Britain recorded 3,497 new cases of the coronavirus yesterday, marking the biggest increase on Saturday since May.
As the reproduction rate increases, the number of people to whom an infected person can transmit the virus increases dramatically, putting the country at risk of a second wave of illness.
Ministers are considering a 10 p.m. curfew for pubs next week, Justice Secretary Robert Buckland warning young people to “forget the rules” ahead of new rally limits that take effect Monday.
Ahead of the crackdown, Buckland warned the government could go even further next week and institute curfews.
Government imposes panic restrictions across England with Boris Johnson’s draconian new ‘rule of six’ set to take effect on Monday
PHE data suggests Covid-19 cases on the rise among those over 50, as senior officials warned last night of ‘worrying’ signs for high-risk groups
He told Sky’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday: “I think, as you’ve seen, we’ve been very prepared to act quickly when needed and where the evidence tells us.
“I think there is a problem with social occasions and social events and especially young people who get together and have too much fun sometimes and forget the importance of rules.
“I think it would be pointless for me to speculate on what measures we might need to put in place as winter approaches. “
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is reportedly considering introducing a 10 p.m. or 11 p.m. curfew in restaurants, bars and pubs if local measures fail to bring the spread of the virus under control.
Speaking of the increase in cases, Peter Openshaw, professor of experimental medicine at Imperial College London, said a ‘trickle’ of cases could turn into a ‘cascade’, adding that if people did not follow the “Rule of six” now, then the country faces a “hard lockdown”.
He said: “I think everyone agrees that we really need to act very quickly now to prevent this from developing exponentially.
“I think the main point is that we have to act fast because it’s so much harder to get this stuff under control if you delay.
“Even a few days are potentially going to be quite dangerous now at this point.
Meanwhile, up to 4.5 million people most at risk of Covid will be asked to stay at home under new protection plan based on health, age and weight, report says .
Letters with personalized advice should be sent to people based on a new “risk model” that will take into account underlying health conditions, age, gender and weight.
This measure will be introduced first for areas with high infection rates, but a source in Whitehall told the Sunday Telegraph “if the rate is so worrying across England we are ready to do it on a global basis” .