Daily Covid cases in UK surpass 40,000 for 11th consecutive day as 135 more die – .

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Daily Covid cases in UK surpass 40,000 for 11th consecutive day as 135 more die – .


The number of recorded coronavirus cases in the UK has risen by 44,985 today with 135 more deaths.
It was the 11th day in a row that the number of recorded cases exceeded 40,000.

Coronavirus cases increased by 43,423 infections last Saturday. This was a 24% increase from the previous Saturday, when 34,950 cases were recorded.

Figures released on October 16 showed that 148 other infected people had died.

Yesterday the number of Covid cases increased by 49,298 and another 180 tragic deaths were confirmed by official government figures.

A prominent government adviser on Covid-19 said he was “very fearful” that there would be another “Christmas lockdown” as he urged the public to do everything possible to reduce the transmission of the virus.








The latest government figures have been announced (file photo)
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Professor Peter Openshaw, a member of the Advisory Group on New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats (Nervtag), said the number of cases and death rates are currently “unacceptable”.

He said measures such as working from home and wearing masks are “so important” in efforts to control the spread of Covid.

The expert’s warning comes after the prime minister resisted calls from health officials for tighter restrictions despite rising levels of infections.








Medical staff wearing PPE and disinfecting the unit (file photo)
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Health Secretary Sajid Javid said this week new cases could reach 100,000 a day, but Downing Street insisted there was still spare capacity in the NHS and that Plan B would not would be activated only if it was under “significant pressure”.

Plan B includes advice on working from home and the mandatory use of face masks.

Speaking in a personal capacity, Professor Openshaw of Imperial College London told BBC Breakfast: “I am very concerned that we have another lockdown Christmas if we do not act soon.








Hospital staff wearing masks and aprons to protect themselves from Covid (file photo)
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“We know that with public health measures, it is time to act immediately. There is no point in delaying.

“If you delay, you will have to take even tougher action later. Immediacy of the response is absolutely vital if you are to get things under control.

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