UK Covid cases soar by 74% in last week with highest daily jump since February

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The number of coronavirus cases in the UK has risen by 74% since this time last week with another 7,540 infections recorded.

Today's increase was the highest daily jump since the end of February, when 8,523 cases were reported on February 26.

Another six deaths were recorded today, the latest government data shows, a decrease from last Wednesday June 2 when 12 more deaths were reported nationwide.

The UK's daily case numbers then rose by 4,330 – rising by more than one-third compared to the same day the previous week, when 3,180 cases were reported.

Today's figures come as it was announced there were more than one million bookings for a Covid-19 vaccine through the NHS website yesterday, a record high figure and the first time daily appointments booked through the national booking service have topped the million mark.

A Covid patient being treated in hospital (File photo)
(Image: Joel Goodman)

Scotland has today recorded its highest number of new coronavirus cases in almost four months, the latest data shows.

A total of 1,011 new cases of Covid-19 were reported in the last 24 hours, the highest daily number since February 17 and 316 more than the previous day.

But the test positivity rate – the percentage of tests returning a positive result – was 3%, down from 5% on Tuesday.

Hospital figures have also remained the same, with 121 patients on Tuesday with recently confirmed Covid-19, no change on the previous day, though the number in intensive care increased by two to 14.

One Covid-19 death was recorded in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of fatalities under that measure to 7,678.

In Wales 223 new cases were reported, giving a total of 213,411. No new deaths were reported today, giving a total of 5,570.

Scenes inside an intensive care unit (file photo)
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There have been no further Covid-19 deaths recorded by Stormont's Department of Health in the last 24-hour reporting period.

There were another 105 confirmed cases of the virus recorded.

Government data up to June 8 shows that of the 69,251,163 jabs given in the UK so far, 40,710,319 were first doses – a rise of 136,802 on the previous day. Some 28,540,844 were second doses, an increase of 313,482.

Clinical staff wearing PPE (file photo)
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On Wednesday morning there were 18 confirmed Covid-19 inpatients in hospital, none of whom were in intensive care.

Today's figures come as Professor Neil Ferguson, from Imperial College London, whose modelling was instrumental to the UK locking down in March 2020, said that new modelling data submitted to the Government suggests a risk of "a substantial third wave" of coronavirus infections in the UK.

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Speaking at a media briefing on Wednesday, Prof Ferguson said the data, which was compiled by SPI-M – a subgroup of Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) – suggests the third wave may not be as severe as the second wave in January, depending on the effectiveness of Covid-19 vaccines.

He said: "Basically it (the modelling) is saying there is a risk of a substantial third wave, (but) we cannot be definitive about the scale of that – it could be substantially lower than the second wave or it could be of the same order of magnitude.

"That, critically, depends on how effective the vaccines still are protecting people against hospitalisation and death against the Delta (Indian) variant, as well as a few other unknowns."

Covid-19 patients in hospitals
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Prime Minister Boris Johnson is due to make a decision shortly on whether England can go ahead with full reopening on June 21.

Asked if delaying the road map date would make a difference, Prof Ferguson said: "Yes, because it allows more people to get second doses."

He said efficacy for the second dose against the variant first identified in India was higher than after one dose.

A delay would also protect people and "have an effect on transmission, of getting more weeks of getting people vaccinated", he said.

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