Daily coronavirus cases in the UK have soared above 40,000 for the first time since July.
Friday’s Covid infections have risen by 42,076 with a further 121 deaths recorded in the last 24 hours, figures released this afternoon show.
July 21 – two days after Freedom Day – saw 44,104 cases but since then the number has gradually reduced.
Yesterday saw 38,154 new cases recorded and 178 more deaths.
It was the first time for six months the country had seen over 150 deaths for two days consecutively.
While Wednesday was the the first time since March 9 that the UK had suffered over 200 Covid deaths, with fatalities soaring to 207.
Last Friday there were 38,046 cases and 100 more fatalities within 28 days of a positive test.
That works out at a 21 percent week-on-week increase in deaths, and an almost 11 percent increase in cases.
The UK has seen at least 20,000 daily cases since the end of June.
And in that period, infections peaked at 54,674 on July 17 – two days before England lifted restrictions.
On Monday the number of daily Covid infections did, however, drop below 30,000 for the first time in nearly two weeks.
Throughout March, when the UK was in lockdown, cases rarely reached above 6,000 but daily death rates were similar to August despite last month often seeing around 35,000 new cases a day.
It suggests the vaccines have broken the link between surging case rates corresponding to a similar rise in the number of fatalities.
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Nearly 7,000 people were being treated for the virus last week, the latest Department of Health data shows.
NHS trusts in Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester had England’s highest numbers of coronavirus patients, while all of the country’s 10 worst hit hospitals have seen a dramatic rise in cases since Freedom Day.
The vaccination programme, however, continues to rumble on.
A total of 44.088 first doses of the vaccination, and 113,385 second jabs, were given on Wednesday (September 1).
The number of fully vaccinated Brits now sits at 43,023,372, as per the most up to date figures.
Although infections did not rise as expected when lockdown restrictions were lifted last month, scientists have continued to warn that the UK should brace for a difficult autumn.
It comes as data shows Britain has a new coronavirus epicentre with 134 local areas seeing a surge in cases as children return to schools.
Ministers were warned getting pupils back behind their desks would create a “cauldron of Covid”, with fears for a torrid autumn surge becoming a reality already.
Thursday’s figures show the highest infection rates are all in Scotland, which began re-opening schools in mid August.
This doesn’t bode well for the rest of the UK, which has largely seen schools re-open on Wednesday.
The Mirror also reported this week school leaders and teaching unions were warning that heads have been left without sufficient tools to manage any Covid outbreak in their schools.
Meanwhile, millions of older Brits will miss out on third Covid-19 jab doses for now after Britain restricted them to a minority with serious illnesses.
And a new Covid strain, which is already in the UK, has been designated a variant of interest by the World Health Organisation (WHO).