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

By Becky Morton & Alex Therrien
BBC News

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

There had been 51,870 cases recorded – the very best determine since 15 January – and 49 deaths inside 28 days of a optimistic take a look at.

From Monday, lockdown guidelines will finish in England – though some steerage will stay.

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

Prof Chris Whitty stated the variety of individuals in hospital with Covid was doubling roughly each three weeks.

The UK is “not out of the woods yet” and folks ought to act with warning as restrictions are eased on Monday, he added.

The highest variety of daily cases the UK has recorded to date is 68,053 on 8 January.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid beforehand warned case numbers might attain 50,000 a day by 19 July, and as excessive as 100,000 over the summer season.

Meanwhile, separate Office for National Statistics knowledge suggests Covid infections have risen once more in a lot of the UK.

Latest figures from swab exams locally counsel in England one in each 95 individuals has the virus – up from one in 160 within the earlier week.

In Scotland, one in each 90 individuals is estimated to be contaminated, whereas in Northern Ireland it’s one in 290 and in Wales one in 360.

The extra infectious Delta variant accounts for virtually each case.

It is estimated that simply over 650,000 individuals, or 1% of the inhabitants within the UK, would have examined optimistic for coronavirus within the week to 10 July – up from 400,000 individuals the earlier week.

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

Passing 50,000 cases a day looks like a worrying landmark, however is it?

We had been final at these ranges across the peak of the second wave in January, when it took a tricky lockdown to forestall hospitals buckling.

Cases will go even larger. How excessive? Nobody is aware of for positive.

Letting this occur is feasible solely as a result of vaccines have remodeled the hazard posed by a summer season wave. Without them, we would be debating locking down.

Yet vaccines haven’t eradicated the Covid menace.

Letting the virus unfold might nonetheless put strain on hospitals, go away individuals with lengthy Covid and be massively disruptive as massive numbers of individuals must isolate.

Reaching 50,000 daily cases does not imply the identical because it did six months in the past, however does not imply it is going to be clean crusing.

As cases rise, extra persons are being pressured to isolate, with companies warning of staffing shortages.

More than half one million self-isolation alerts had been despatched to individuals utilizing the NHS Covid-19 app in England and Wales through the first week of July – an increase of 46% on the earlier week.

Alerts are despatched by way of the app to inform people they’ve been in shut contact with a optimistic coronavirus case and will to isolate for 10 days.

The variety of individuals being admitted to hospital with Covid can be rising – however at a a lot decrease fee than throughout earlier waves due to the impression of vaccinations.

More than 46.1 million individuals within the UK have had their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine – 87.6% of adults, whereas greater than 35.5 million – 67.5% of adults – have had each doses, in keeping with the newest figures.

It comes forward of virtually all authorized restrictions on social contact being lifted in England on Monday.

Lockdown guidelines are additionally being eased in Scotland on the identical date, though there’ll nonetheless be some curbs, together with on how many individuals can meet.

In Wales, restrictions are easing barely on Saturday however most will stay in place till at the least 7 August.

Northern Ireland is because of carry extra restrictions on 26 July.

Earlier, Solicitor General Lucy Frazer stated that whereas cases would rise within the coming days, there have been “consequences for not opening up”.

But she instructed Sky News the federal government couldn’t rule out reintroducing restrictions in England if the virus state of affairs grew to become “unacceptable”.

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