Advertisement The number of daily Covid deaths in Britain reached a four-month high today, with 63 new victims added to the country’s official death toll.
According to Department of Health data, the UK is on the verge of passing the 50,000 case milestone, indicating that infection levels are approaching those seen during the second wave’s deadliest days.
Today, there were 48,533 positive coronavirus tests, up 49.2% from last week and the highest number since January 14 (48,682).
Deaths have increased by 80% in a week, with today’s total being the highest since 70 were recorded on March 26.
As a result of the increasing number of instances, hospitalizations are also on the rise.
On July 11, the most recent day for which numbers are available, more than 580 infected Britons were hospitalised and required medical care.
In comparison, the total from the prior week was 456.
Despite the fact that official numbers show no indications of the outbreak diminishing, one surveillance research claims the situation in the United Kingdom has already peaked.
Scientists at King’s College London calculated that 33,118 people caught the virus on a daily basis in the week ending July 10, compared to 33,723 in the preceding seven-day period.
According to the same data, vaccinated Britons now account for nearly half of all Covid cases in the UK.
This isn’t to say that the jabs aren’t effective.
Scientists have always been upfront about the fact that they aren’t perfect, and millions will remain susceptible to infection even after receiving both doses.
Today’s death toll would have been far higher if vaccines had not been available.
When instances were this high the last time, up to 1,250 people died every day.
Scientists estimate that vaccinations have saved 37,000 lives from Covid.
Nevertheless, data released today revealed that Covid cases had risen to record highs among males in their twenties, indicating that Euro 2020 has resulted in an increase in infections.
This week, 10,267 more young men than women were infected with the virus, according to figures from Public Health England, the highest number since records began.
Throughout the epidemic, cases were evenly split between men and women, but began to diverge following England’s 1-0 victory over Croatia in their first encounter on June 13.
Covid infections have already reached their highest proportions since the pandemic began among teenagers in the North East and Yorkshire and the Humber, according to PHE estimates.
Incidence are increasing in 90% of locations across the UK, according to surveillance data. About half of instances have already been identified among Britons who have taken at least one dose of the vaccine (orange line), while cases among the unvaccinated (blue line) are decreasing.
This graph illustrates the percentage of Covid swabs that detected the virus in British based on whether they were unvaccinated (red line), had one dose (blue line), or had two doses (orange line).
On the week ending July 10 (week 27 on the graph), nearly half of all British who received Covid had been immunized.
Because the graph measures the percentage of those tested who had the virus, infections in unvaccinated Britons did not appear to be declining here. Test and Trace data published today indicated cases increased by 43% last week.
They stated there were 194,000 positive tests in the week ending July 7, the biggest number since late January, when the second wave was winding down. NHS England statistics showed a record 520,000 warnings were received by the app last week, informing those they had been in close contact with someone who tested positive.
Unions have warned that companies across the country are on the verge of closing, with the app advising tens of thousands of workers to stay at home.
It has been stated that up to 900 workers at Nissan’s main plant in Sunderland are being forced to self-isolate.
Roughly 10% of employees at the Japanese automaker’s Sunderland manufacturing plant were notified by the app.
Individuals who are urged to isolate by the program are under no legal obligation to do so because the software does not trace their identify.
But, concerns have been made that the program could wreak havoc on the country’s already ailing economy when restrictions are withdrawn altogether this summer.
In other Covid news, a record half-a-million British were put on ‘pingdemic’ lockdown last week, according to figures, amid fears that the NHS Covid contact-tracing app might drive millions off the job; Britons were forced to cancel holiday plans in droves as Ibiza, Mallorca, and Menorca were due to be removed from the ‘green list’; the face mask disaster continued as cops were informed they had to knead their faces
Despite the fact that these persons have not yet been totally protected by two doses, the ZOE app ranks them as ‘vaccinated.’
Against the Indian ‘Delta’ strain, a second dosage of all vaccines has been demonstrated to be far more effective than a first dose.
Professor Tim Spector, who is leading the research alongside health-tech business ZOE, believes the change in trend is due to the virus ‘running out’ of non-jabbed Britons to infect, with over 90% of people having gotten at least one injection.
It occurred after a research published last night found that older Britons who received AstraZeneca’s vaccine were less likely than those who received Pfizer’s vaccine to develop Covid antibodies.
Further testing revealed that the British-made jab was significantly weaker.
Coronavirus cases spiked in June, with the loosening of limitations blamed for triggering a third wave — while some scientists believe Euro 2020 was to responsible for the spike.
According to the King’s app, infection rates in Scotland have dropped by half in the last two weeks.
The decline, which coincided with the national team’s early exit from a major football tournament, has fueled optimism that England’s outbreak will fade as well.
Professor Spector said illnesses were ‘plateauing’ across the country, albeit at a slower rate than during the second wave.
He thought they may have already peaked earlier this week.
Scientists, on the other hand, are concerned that the Covid symptom study, which depends on daily data from over a million British, is no longer a “reliable enough guide.”
Although official Department of Health numbers back up assertions that Scotland’s outbreak is reducing, no other poll has yet pointed to a decrease in infections for the UK as a whole.
It comes as numbers released today by Test and Trace revealed that cases increased by 43% in the week ending July 7, with 194,000 new illnesses registered over the seven-day period.
According to the latest ZOE/King’s numbers, cases have increased by two-fifths among individuals who have gotten at least one dose, but have decreased by a fifth among those who have not.
According to the app, 15,537 illnesses occur every day among persons who have had at least one vaccination.
This was up 40% from a fortnight ago, when there were 11,084 daily infections.
According to NHS England data, the app sent a total of 520,000 notifications last week, informing users that they had been in close contact with someone who tested positive. The app has advised 10% of employees at Nissan’s car plant in Sunderland (pictured) to self-isolate. Those who take AstraZeneca’s Covid shot are less likely to acquire antibodies than those who receive Pfizer’s Elderly Br vaccine.
Fewer than 85% of over-80s exhibited measurable levels of virus-fighting proteins two weeks after their second AZ shot, according to Imperial College London researchers.
The proportion of over-80s who had antibodies after receiving the second Pfizer vaccine, on the other hand, was over 98 percent.
The findings come from REACT-2, the UK’s largest surveillance project, which analyses blood samples from hundreds of thousands of Britons at random.
Despite the fact that antibodies are only one component of the overall immune response to Covid, experts said the findings were not entirely unexpected.
Professor Ian Jones, a virologist at Reading University, told MailOnline that because the British vaccine relied on a weakened cold virus, it was less likely to induce immunity.
He said that in some situations, the body attacks the virus rather than the Covid proteins on its surface, resulting in the jab failing to induce Covid immunity.
Pfizer’s vaccine, on the other hand, does not have this issue because it employs a entirely different technology.
AstraZeneca’s vaccine was likewise found to be marginally less effective at preventing symptomatic Covid infection in clinical trials.
Yet, a real-world review of the vaccination rollout in the United Kingdom has revealed that both vaccines are exceedingly successful at preventing serious disease and death.
They were both demonstrated to minimize the chance of being hospitalized with the virus by more than 90% even when used against the Indian strain.
Advertisement There were 17,581 daily infections among Britons who had not been vaccinated, down 20% from the preceding period.
‘In the UK, new cases in vaccinated people are still increasing and will shortly outstrip unvaccinated cases,’ Professor Spector added.
‘This is probably because as more individuals get the vaccination, we’re running out of unvaccinated susceptible people to infect.’
‘Although the results are concerning, it is important to note that immunizations have significantly reduced serious infections, and Covid is a considerably milder condition for most individuals after vaccination.’
‘The biggest issue now is the possibility of extended Covid.’ More than 46 million Britons, or 87.4% of adults, have had at least one Covid vaccine dosage.
And 35.1 million people (66.7%) had received both doses.
Officials hailed the campaign as a success yesterday, claiming that two-thirds of Britons have received both doses of the vaccination five days ahead of tNo10’s objective of ‘Independence Day’ on July 19.
According to the most recent King’s/ZOE data, cases have decreased by 1% across the country.
It’s the first drop since May 22, when they fell by 7% to 2,550 new infections per day at the end of the second wave.
Scotland was a major contributor to this week’s drop, with daily infections dropping from 4,780 to 2,760.
It comes just three weeks after their national team was eliminated from the Euro 2020 tournament, which has been connected to an outbreak of diseases.
‘We are seeing overall incidence rates stabilize in the UK with an R value of 1.0, which is fantastic news,’ Professor Spector continued.
‘But, the rate of fall may be slower this time, as many of the earlier restrictions will be lifted.’
‘We’ll keep a close check on numbers and the effect of the Euro Football Championship in the coming days and weeks,’ Oxford University scientist Professor James Naismith warned Wednesday that the King’s study may be becoming less accurate.
‘That would suggest that ZOE is not offering a good guide to this wave given it had identified a peak of 33,000 cases,’ he stated in response to the daily case figures.
‘Of course, no measure is perfect, and ZOE has been informative in the past; it’s possible that changes in symptoms and/or behavior are confounding it,’ King’s experts said, saying they now had very few non-vaccinated volunteers.
They also stated that their figures for individuals who had gotten at least one dose were more reliable.
It comes as official numbers showed today that the NHS Covid app advised a record half-a-million Britons to self-isolate last week, amid growing concerns about the ‘pingdemic’ causing disruption.
Unions have warned that the country is on the danger of shutting down, with the app forcing thousands of factory workers to stay at home.
According to a report by Public Health England, deaths directly related by alcohol hit new highs last year as a result of Covid lockdowns, which encouraged binge drinking at home.
The number of alcohol-related deaths per 100,000 in England in each month in 2021, 2020, and the baseline average taken from 2018 and 2019. Despite the nationwide lockdowns, the overall volume of alcohol released for sale during the pandemic was still similar to pre-pandemic years, suggesting people were drinking more at home, according to PHE.
After only two weeks of quarantine-free travel status, Transport Minister Grant Shapp’s ‘bitterly sad’ decision to demote the archipelago to the amber list of foreign locations this morning was lambasted by travel experts, politicians, and vacationers.
Twitter users were enraged, accusing the government of “taking the pi**” and that there is “absolutely no point travelling abroad” till next year.
‘We’re remaining in the UK this year,’ one wrote.
We decided not to even try to travel abroad due to the hassles of quarantines and other regulations.
and it’s a lot of money’
When the travel rules change on Monday, double-vaccinated people will still be able to return from the Balearic Islands quarantine-free, even if they are on the amber list.
But, the measure may be a setback for younger holidaymakers who have not yet been completely vaccinated and will now be forced to quarantine upon their return to the UK or cancel their trip entirely.
British holidaymakers in the Balearic Islands in Spain are racing back to the UK to escape the latest quarantine deadline of 4 a.m. on Monday, July 19 – when most legal limitations imposed during the pandemic are set to be lifted on England’s so-called ‘Freedom Day.’
Flight fares from the archipelago have increased by as much as ninefold, with Ryanair’s morning and evening flights from Palma de Mallorca to Manchester Airport jumping from PS12 to roughly PS110 an hour before Mr Shapps’ announcement.
The mid-afternoon British Airline trip from Ibiza to London Heathrow cost roughly PS115 on Saturday.
Within two hours, the same journey’s ticket had risen to PS220, a 92 percent increase.
The final three seats on an easyJet trip from Menorca to Gatwick before the deadline cost PS118, or approximately two-thirds more than the pre-announcement fare, according to the Independent.
It also came as rumors surfaced that the app had pushed up to 900 employees at Nissan’s Sunderland car facility to self-isolate.
The app alerted up to ten percent of employees at the Japanese automaker’s Sunderland manufacturing site.
Last week, the contact-tracing app sent out a record 520,000 self-isolation alerts, according to official numbers revealed today.
The number of ‘pings’ sent out by the program in the week ending July 7 was the most since the data was initially released in January, and it was up 46% from the previous seven-day period.
When the limits are eased completely this summer, there are fears that the software would devastate the country’s already shaky economy.
Companies calling for a rethink of the laws have warned that if tens of thousands of workers are informed they must self-isolate in the coming weeks, grocery shelves will be left empty, and there are fears that trash will build up in the streets.
Individuals who are urged to isolate by the program are under no legal obligation to do so because the software does not trace their identify.
Robert Jenrick, the Communities Secretary, revealed today that No10 was ‘concerned’ about the amount of people who may be forced to self-isolate as a result of the app.
Despite predictions that the pandemonium will only worsen in the coming weeks as diseases continue to spread, it has been suggested that the contact-tracing software may not be toned down after all.
The software has been tweaked by government officials so that fewer people are ‘pinged’ and ordered to self-isolate.
Nevertheless, sources informed The New York Times that it’s likely that no adjustments will be made, and if they are, they won’t happen until August 16 — the same day that the fully vaccinated’s quarantine period ends.
As the third wave gathers momentum, NHS England data shows a record number of positive cases were linked to the app last week.
Infections have risen sharply in recent weeks, with some experts connecting the spike to England’s advancement to the Euro 2020 final.
The program recorded 86,000 positive cases this week, up 40% from the prior week’s 61,000.
In addition, the number of alerts delivered to venues has more than doubled to 1,247.
They are delivered when someone visits a venue on the same day as another person who later tests positive for the virus, such as a pub or restaurant.
The rising infection rates are thought to have scared ministers away from making changes to the app.
As the second wave of cases began to fade, Britain registered 42,000 cases yesterday, the highest number since mid-January.
Ministers believe that by mid-August, the number will have risen to 100,000 every day.
According to think tanks, unless the app is scaled down, the spike in instances might result in up to 2 million individuals being told to quarantine at home every week.
Mr Jenrick urged Britons to continue using the app today, but hinted that government were still debating how to improve it.
Separate data released today found that Covid lockdowns contributed to a 20% increase in alcohol-related deaths in 2020, with limitations encouraging people to drink more at home.
According to Public Health England, the never-ending cycle of lockdowns influenced people to binge drink at home.
According to data, there were 6,893 alcohol-related deaths in 2020, compared to 5,819 in 2019, before the virus reached the UK.