Covid: ONS data suggests 1 in 50 have virus in the UK
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Scientists and doctors are said to be more optimistic the current wave of high infections across Britain peaked in late October. More good news was reported today when after nearly two years, the US today lifted its travel ban to UK visitors who have had both Covid vaccine doses. Express.co.uk has analysed recent Covid cases to show which regions have reported the highest number of cases.
The average number of daily confirmed coronavirus cases across the UK has fallen slightly in recent days.
However, the number of cases is still much higher than in the wake of the winter lockdown implemented earlier this year.
New daily cases dropped to between 1,000 and 2,000 in April and May of this year.
But in the wake of lockdown restrictions easing, cases began to surge once again.
Another 30,305 new Covid cases were confirmed on Sunday, November 7 – bringing the UK’s seven-day total to 269,732.
The rate across the UK over the past seven days is 402.1 per 100,000 people according to the Government’s coronavirus dashboard.
Regionally, five parts of the UK have infection rates higher than the UK average including the South West, North East, South East, East of England and Yorkshire and The Humber.
Four upper-tier local authority areas have rates of more than 700 per 100,000 people, these include Vale of Glamorgan (773.9), Torfaen (711.8), Caerphilly (710.9) and North Tyneside (710).
Information published by the world’s largest ongoing Covid study identified 15 areas across the UK where there were increases in the prevalence of the virus in the past week.
The Zoe Covid Symptom Study app identified the following areas as places where Covid was on the rise:
- Rutland: 3,165 cases per 100,000
- Redbridge: 2,593 cases per 100,000
- County Durham: 2,595 cases per 100,000
- Darlington: 3,828 cases per 100,000
- Sunderland: 3,052 cases per 100,000
- Buckinghamshire: 2,835 cases per 100,000
- Bath and North East Somerset: 2,894 cases per 100,000
- Swindon: 3,546 cases per 100,000
- Cardiff: 2,829 cases per 100,000
- Pembrokeshire: 2,590 cases per 100,000
- Powys: 3,769 cases per 100,000
- Birmingham: 2,730 cases per 100,000
- Telford and Wrekin: 4,742 cases per 100,000
- City of Kingston upon Hull: 2,957 cases per 100,000
- North Lincolnshire: 2,987 cases per 100,000.
A further seven places had a steady rate of cases in the past week, while just three places saw a decrease in the prevalence of the virus in the past week, according to the app.
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The UK previously held the highest infection rate for any country in Europe – now that record is held by Germany according to the Robert Koch Institute.
RKI claims the seven-day incidence rate in Germany was 201.1 per 100,000 people – which is the highest the nation has posted since Covid emerged.
The previous record of 197.6 was recorded on December 22 last year.
In the eastern state of Saxony, the rate is twice the national average at 491.3 and Agence France-Presse reports all unvaccinated people in the region will now face new restrictions.
Covid has surged across Europe and now once again the continent is at the epicentre of the pandemic according to the World Health Organization.
WHO Europe head Hans Kluge told reports the continent could see more than half a million more deaths by February as he blamed insufficient vaccine take-up for the rise in cases and alarming potential death toll.
He said: “We must change our tactics, from reacting to surges of Covid-19 to preventing them from happening in the first place.”
The NHS today urged eligible individuals to book jabs as hospitals see 14 times more Covid patients than this time last year.
The head of the NHS revealed there are still 4.5 million people who have not had the first dose of the vaccine – leaving them vulnerable to the worst possible outcomes from the virus.
From today (Monday, November 8) eligible individuals will be able to book booster appointments up to a month before they are eligible for the jab which means they can ensure to get inoculated on time.
Health leaders including Health Secretary Sajid Javid have urged the public to get a booster “as soon as your can”.
Mr Javid added: “For those not yet eligible, please help your parents, grandparents or vulnerable loved ones get their jabs – it could save their life.
“This truly is a national mission.
“If we all come together and play our part, we can get through this challenging winter, avoid a return to restrictions and enjoy Christmas.”
NHS chief executive Amanda Pritchard has warned the next few months will be extremely difficult for the health service.
She said: “There is no doubt that the NHS is running hot and there are some very real pressures on health and social care.”
Ms Pritchard added: “We have had 14 times the number of people in hospital with COVID-19 than we saw this time last year.
“We also had a record number of A&E attendance and a record number of 999 calls.”
The NHS exec said it is clearly going to be a “difficult winter” and therefore she encouraged eligible persons to come forward to get their Covid, Covid booster and flu vaccinations as soon as possible.
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