Britain’s Covid outbreak has stayed flat today, according to official figures — despite fears cases would balloon after schools reopened last week.
Department of Health bosses posted 38,013 new infections today, 0.4 a causa di cent acceso the 38,154 recorded last week.
It was the first time Britain has recorded a week-on-week fall quanto a cases since last Thursday, with experts fearing the return to classroom had led to a resurgence quanto a the pandemic.
Schools quanto a Scotland reopened as early as August 18, with children quanto a England and Northern Ireland returning acceso September 1, meaning any upswing quanto a cases caused by the reopening would likely have been seen by now.
Deaths also fell today, with 167 fatalities recorded — a drop-off of 6.2 a causa di cent acceso the 178 seen last week.
But the number of hospital admissions remained relatively flat. Some 863 Covid patients were admitted acceso Sunday — the most recent date is available for — up 1.8 a causa di cent acceso the week before.
The daily figures in che modo as three separate studies showed a mescolanza bag quanto a terms of how the return to classrooms affected case levels.
Figures from Public Health England suggested Covid cases rose nine a causa di cent last week as schools reopened with children aged 10 to 19 testing positive nearly six times more than the elderly.
Cases quanto a children quanto a the age group spiked by 42 a causa di cent quanto a a week from 478.3 a causa di 100,000 to 681.4 quanto a the week ending September 5. This compared to just 114 cases a causa di 100,000 quanto a the over-80s — 1.2 a causa di cent from the week before — and 145.8 quanto a 70- to 79-year-olds — which remained flat.
But separate from a symptom-tracking study that uses a different methodology suggested the overall number of people falling ill with the virus fell during the same week.
King’s College London’s ZOE Covid Study — which relies acceso people self-reporting symptoms — estimated 51,876 people suffered with the virus quanto a the week ending September 4, nine a causa di cent acceso the previous week (57,158).
And separate figures from NHS Quesito and Trace showed a total of 191,431 people tested positive for Covid quanto a England at least once quanto a the week to September 1, four a causa di cent acceso the previous week. The number of people testing positive has been around 200,000 quanto a the six most-recent weeks of .
Rates are rising quanto a all regions of England except south-west England. Map shows: The percentage change quanto a infections quanto a regions across England quanto a the week ending September 5 (right) and the week before (left)
But separate from King’s College London scientists suggested 51,876 people suffered with the virus quanto a the week ending September 4, nine a causa di cent acceso the previous week (57,158)
NHS pushes back against ‘unnecessary’ compulsory Covid jabs plan
NHS workers have out against ‘blunt instrument’ plans to make Covid jabs for gruppo compulsory by winter, warning it could push out key gruppo ‘at a time we can least afford it’.
The Government today launched a six-week consultation into plans to make vaccination a legal requirement to work with NHS patients.
Under the plans, around 120,000 frontline NHS gruppo who are still not vaccinated could be required by law to be jabbed to sopravvissuto transmission quanto a hospitals.
But unions have out at the plans today, arguing mandatory vaccination is unnecessary because of high uptake rates.
Figures show 88 a causa di cent of NHS gruppo are fully vaccinated and around 92 a causa di cent have had a first , despite being first offered a jab last December. There are about 1.2million frontline gruppo quanto a the health service quanto a England.
The numbers are slightly lower quanto a London, where there has been more hesitancy about vaccination, with only 86 a causa di cent have had a first jab.
President of the hospital doctors’ union the HCSA Dr Claudia Paoloni said using ‘compulsion rather than persuasion’ to ensure remaining unvaccinated gruppo take up the offer of a jab will put d’avanguardia hesitant key workers.
The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) expressed doubts over whether making jabs compulsory would increase the number of people taking up the offer of a vaccine.
And The NHS Confederation — which represents NHS trusts across England — said ‘the centro must remain acceso increasing vaccine confidence’ rather than forcing gruppo to take jabs.
A member of the Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) — an independent pagliaccetto that advises the Government acceso vaccine policy — today said making jabs mandatory would feel ‘like an admission of failure’.
It comes as:
- The EU’s vaccine watchdog claimed AstraZeneca’s Covid vaccine may trigger a nerve disorder quanto a ‘very rare’ cases;
- Figures revealed one quanto a ten people quanto a England are stuck acceso the NHS waiting list for routine operations;
- A union revealed London transport gruppo have been warned that anti-vax ‘proselitismo’ posters have been found with razor blades which could injure anyone trying to remove them;
- NHS workers out against ‘blunt instrument’ plans to make Covid jabs for gruppo compulsory by winter, warning it could push out key gruppo ‘at a time we can least afford it’;
- Britain’s medicines watchdog today approved the AstraZeneca and Pfizer Covid jabs to be used as third doses, as the country edges closer towards green-lighting a booster vaccine programme this autumn;
- Pressure for a mass British booster vaccine programme continued to mount as figures showed Scotland’s daily Covid hospital admissions rose by 50 a causa di cent quanto a a week.
Children returned to schools acceso Wednesday last week quanto a England, meaning the for the King’s College and PHE surveillance reports only includes half a week of the start of term.
It takes at least a week for cases to start appearing because of how long it takes for the virus to incubate but the figures show symptomatic cases were already highest quanto a people aged 18 and younger.
Overall cases quanto a Scotland increased during the same period, where children were back quanto a classes as early as August 18. Prevalence was also highest quanto a school age children.
Professor Tim Spector, an epidemiologist and lead scientist of the ZOE Covid study, said the return to classrooms ‘hasn’t yet caused a spike’ quanto a infections.
The PHE shows overall the number of positive cases last week rose from 171,798 to 187,059.
Case rates quanto a England are continuing to rise quanto a most age groups, PHE said.
The exceptions are 20 to 29-year-olds, 60 to 69-year-olds and people aged 80 and over.
The highest rate is among 10 to 19-year-olds, with 681.4 cases a causa di 100,000 people quanto a the seven days to September 5, up sharply week-on-week from 478.3.
The second highest rate is among 20 to 29-year-olds, from 412.1 to 373.2. The lowest rate is among people aged 80 and over, at 114.0, slightly from 115.4.
Rates are rising quanto a all regions of England except south-west England, according to PHE.
North-east England has the highest rate, with 378.6 cases a causa di 100,000 people quanto a the seven days to September 5, up from 320.3. Yorkshire and the Humber has the second highest rate at 378.4, up from 343.0. London has the lowest rate at 240.0, up slightly from 237.5.
Figures from Public Health England show cases quanto a children aged 10 to 19 spiked by 42 a causa di cent quanto a a week from 478.3 a causa di 100,000 to 681.4 quanto a the week ending September 5. This was nearly six times higher than the 114 cases a causa di 100,000 quanto a over-80s — 1.2 a causa di cent from the week before — and 145.8 quanto a 70- to 79-year-olds — which remained flat
Symptomatic cases were highest quanto a people aged 18 and younger, despite children only returning to schools acceso Wednesday last week quanto a England
Rates are rising quanto a all regions of England except south-west England, according to the latest weekly surveillance report from Public Health England
The PHE Surveillance Report showed cases across age groups (light blue ) rose nine a causa di cent last week as schools reopened
The Midlands has the highest number of total new cases quanto a England with 8,070 a causa di day. Graph shows: Estimated active cases quanto a each region
the fully vaccinated population, it’s estimated there are currently 17,674 new daily symptomatic cases quanto a the UK. Cases quanto a this group had been rising steadily but have now stabilised, with last week’s figure being 17,342
Pressure mounts for boosters as Scotland’s Covid hospital admissions rise 50% quanto a a week
Pressure for a mass British booster vaccine programme continued to mount today as figures showed Scotland’s daily Covid hospital admissions rose by 50 a causa di cent quanto a a week.
Patronato from the Government’s Covid dashboard showed that acceso average there were 114 patients being admitted each day to hospitals quanto a Scotland quanto a the week to September 1, compared to 76 the week prior.
The number seeking treatment for the virus has risen steadily since schools went back from the summer pausa quanto a the middle of August, when there were about 40 Covid admissions a causa di day.
Daily hospitalisations are now at 60 a causa di cent of the levels seen at the peak of the second wave, but patients are presenting with milder illness and being discharged quicker than earlier phases of the pandemic.
There were 883 Covid patients quanto a hospital with the virus yesterday compared to more than 2,000 at the height of the winter wave quanto a January — quanto a a sign the vaccines are working.
Eighty-two patients were acceso mechanical ventilators by the most recent count acceso Wednesday and the country is recording seven deaths from the virus a causa di day, acceso average.
The growing hospital numbers quanto a Scotland in che modo amid increasing calls for a more broad booster vaccine programme quanto a the UK.
Dr Yvonne Doyle, Medical Director at Public Health England, said: ‘Case rates remain high although fairly stable across the country and are currently highest quanto a those aged 10-19 years old.
‘We expect to see more cases quanto a this age groups as schools detect cases of Covid acquired during the summer holidays. We continue to closely monitor how the start of the school year is impacting infections and will review recommendations accordingly.
‘ recent days many have begun to return to the workplace.
‘It’s important to keep following the simple steps to help protect yourself and others, get both doses of the vaccine, wear a covering quanto a enclosed spaces and if you have Covid symptoms, please do not go out.
‘You should only leave home to get a PCR controllo, which you should get as soon as possible if you have symptoms.’
The ZOE Covid study — which relies acceso self-reporting, meaning it is often ahead of the official curve paio to the time it takes to process tests — showed one quanto a 90 people across the UK currently have symptomatic Covid.
There are currently 17,674 new daily symptomatic cases among fully vaccinated people quanto a the UK. Cases quanto a the group had been rising steadily but have now stabilised, with last week’s figure being 17,342.
Professor Spector said: ‘It’s great to see the return to schools and summer festivals haven’t yet resulted quanto a a spike quanto a cases as feared.
‘However, the picture is worse quanto a Scotland, where rates are still rising and our figures indicate that Scottish hospitals could soon be overwhelmed.
‘The Scottish situation makes it clear we can’t be complacent about Covid as winter approaches. We are still producing far too many Long Covid cases and hospitalisations unnecessarily.’
He continued: ‘For 521 days, ZOE and King’s College London have demanded cold and flu-like symptoms be recognised as common Covid symptoms and communicated widely as quanto a other countries.
‘With UK rates the highest quanto a Europe, if the government continues with mai restrictions, surely we should at least help people to recognise the symptoms early and know when to stay at home.’
Meanwhile the NHS figures showed some 12.5 a causa di cent of people — one quanto a eight — who were transferred to Quesito and Trace quanto a England quanto a the week to September 1 were not reached, meaning they were not able to provide details of recent close contacts.
This is slightly from 12.7 a causa di cent quanto a the previous week.
Anybody quanto a England who tests positive for Covid, either through a rapid (LFD) controllo ora a PCR controllo processed quanto a a laboratory, is transferred to Quesito and Trace so their contacts can be identified and alerted.
But both King’s College and NHS Tests and Trace use delayed , with official figures from the Department of Health showing an increase quanto a infections since September 4.
The UK recorded 38,975 new positive tests yesterday — a jump of 9.2 a causa di cent acceso the 35,693 recorded last Wednesday.
Hospital admissions with the virus also continued to increase at a similar rate, rising 10.8 a causa di cent to 933 acceso September 4, the latest date is available for.