UK Covid deaths highest since March as 63 fatalities recorded and most cases in six months with 48,553 infections

UK Covid deaths are at their highest since March, with 63 fatalities recorded in the last 24 hours.

The latest figures also recorded the most daily cases in six months, with 48,553 testing positive in the same period.


 

Today's fatalities – the highest since March 25 – bring the death toll since the start of the pandemic to 128,593.

And they are up significantly from the 35 recorded this time last week.

The number of people testing positive for the virus has also shot up compared to the 32,551 recorded on July 8.

It brings the total number of Covid infections since the virus struck to 5,281,098.

Hospitalisations have also risen by 582 – just days before the July 19 'Freedom Day'.

The total number of Brits who have had at least one dose of the vaccine is now 46,097,464 – a 24-hour increase of 60,374.

Of the total UK population, 68.7 per cent have now had at least their first jab.

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The UK is set to finally unlock from Covid restrictions on Monday.

New data has revealed overall rates of the virus are plateauing, although it's happening slowly.

Despite cases still remaining high, experts behind the Zoe Covid Study app think the rise of Delta could be starting to decline.

Tim Spector OBE, lead scientist and Professor of Genetic Epidemiology at King’s College London, said: “We are seeing the overall incidence rates plateau in the UK with an R value of 1.0, which is good news.

"But the rate of decline may be slower this time, as many of the restrictions in place previously will end.

"The numbers are still high with around 1 in 142 people with Covid, so we’ll keep a close eye on numbers and the effect of the Euro Football Championship in the coming days and weeks. 

"Interestingly, comparing the UK globally, we are starting to see cases in the rest of the world catching up.

"This is probably due to the Delta variant taking hold, and the relative success of the vaccine roll out in the UK as well as vaccination rates slow in other countries."

RISING CASES

The latest figures from the study think there are currently 17,581 new daily symptomatic cases of Covid on average.

This is a decrease of 22 per cent from 22,638 last week – suggesting that the wave in the unvaccinated population has now peaked in the UK.

Covid-19 case rates in all regions of England are at their highest level since at least January, according to the latest surveillance report from Public Health England.

North-east England is recording the highest rate, with 835.8 cases per 100,000 people in the seven days to July 11.

This is the highest rate for the region since comparable figures began in summer 2020, when mass testing was first introduced across the country.

Yorkshire and the Humber has the second highest rate, 462.7, which again is the highest rate for the region since comparable figures began.

All other regions are recording their highest rate since January.

PINGDEMIC

Meanwhile, half a million people have been pinged by the NHS Covid app in just one week – as a cabinet minister admits it's too sensitive and will be changed.

A total of 520,194 Covid alerts were sent out to users of the app in the week up to July 7.

The alerts tell people that they have been in close contact with some who has tested positive for the bug.

The number is up 46 per cent from the previous week, with an additional 356,677 alerts.

Hundreds of workers at Nissan's car plant in Sunderland have been pinged and forced to isolate by the app.

Up to 900 workers are understood to have been sent home – more than 10 per cent of the entire workforce.

Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick said the Government is "concerned" about the number of people off work as a result of being pinged by the NHS Covid app.

He told LBC radio: "It is important that we have the app, that we take it seriously, that when we do get those messages we act accordingly. But we are going to give further thought to how we can ensure it is a proportionate response.

"We have indicated that for those who have been double vaccinated there are opportunities to take a more proportionate approach.

"We are concerned about absences as a result of being pinged, for example. That is one of the reasons why we do need to move to a more proportionate approach."

 

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