Number of Britons falling ill with Covid every day FALLS to below 70,000

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Number of Britons falling ill with Covid every day FALLS to below 70,000 as symptom-tracking app estimates cases have dropped by 2% in a week

King’s College London scientists estimated 69,993 people in the UK were getting infected daily last weekProfessor Tim Spector, the epidemiologist behind the study, warned the NHS could face ‘disaster’ this winter Separate official data Covid cases hit a three-month high yesterday and hospital admissions jumped again 

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The number of Britons falling ill with Covid every day fell for the first time in a month last week, according to one of the country’s biggest surveillance studies. 

King’s College London scientists running a symptom-tracking app estimated 69,993 people were getting infected daily in the week ending October 9, down 1.6 per cent from 71,111 the week before.

Despite the ray of hope, Professor Tim Spector, the epidemiologist who leads the study, warned the NHS may face ‘disaster’ this winter if the high case numbers trickle into the over-55s despite the downturn.

It comes after more up-to-date figures showed cases hit a three-month high yesterday and hospital admissions jumped again — but deaths fell.

The Department of Health’s daily update showed there were 42,776 positive tests across the country in the last 24 hours, up by seven per cent on the previous week. The figure was the highest recorded since July 21, when 44,104 infections were posted and marked the eighth day in a row of rising cases. 

King’s College London scientists estimated 69,993 people were getting infected daily in the week ending October 9, down 1.6 per cent from 71,111 the week before

The ZOE Covid Study estimated the number of daily new cases is now falling in under-18s but remains high across all age groups. Cases are now rising steadily in 35- to 55-year-olds and remain low in those aged between 18 and 35 and over-55s

The ZOE Covid Study estimated the number of daily new cases is now falling in under-18s but remains high across all age groups. Cases are now rising steadily in 35- to 55-year-olds and remain low in those aged between 18 and 35 and over-55s

In terms of prevalence, cases are highest in Wales, Midlands, North West and North East. They have been falling consistently in Scotland since the start of October

In terms of prevalence, cases are highest in Wales, Midlands, North West and North East. They have been falling consistently in Scotland since the start of October

Britain’s daily Covid cases hit a three-month high: Infections rise 7% in a week to 42,776 

Covid cases hit a three-month high yesterday and hospital admissions jumped again — but deaths fell.

The Department of Health’s daily update showed there were 42,776 positive tests across the country in the last 24 hours, up by seven per cent on the previous week. 

The figure is the highest recorded since July 21, when 44,104 infections were posted and marks the eighth day in a row of rising cases.

Meanwhile, hospital admissions rose by 10.4 per cent week-on-week to 754, while deaths dropped by five per cent to 136. 

Both measures lag behind case numbers by a few weeks, due to the time it takes for someone to become seriously unwell after catching the virus. 

It comes amid growing fears the fourth wave is just around the corner, with infections now ticking up every age group.

The ZOE Covid Study figures are based on data from nearly 750,000 weekly contributors. 

It estimated the number of daily new cases is now falling in under-18s but remains high across all age groups. There were around 32,000 new cases per day in under-18s last week. 

Cases are now rising steadily in 35- to 55-year-olds and remain low in those aged between 18 and 35 and over-55s.

Covid prevalence is highest highest in Wales, Midlands, North West and North East. They have been falling consistently in Scotland since the start of October.

Around 1,900 people per 100,000 were thought to be infected in Wales as of Monday, compared to fewer than 1,100 in Wales.

Professor Spector said: ‘The UK seems to be slowly waking up to the fact that Covid cases are too high, but the reality is they’ve been soaring for months and many countries have put us on their red list. 

‘Infections remain high in young people, and look to be spilling over into the 35- to 55-year-olds. If these increases creep into the over-55s it could spell disaster for the NHS this winter.

‘This week a major UK Care Home provider has confirmed that based on our research, it’s now including cold-like symptoms on their visitor forms to stop potential Covid cases from entering their facilities. 

‘This is a bold move as it goes against the official government guidance, but will ultimately save lives, and hopefully others will follow suit.’

He added: ‘With cases so high, it’s clear herd immunity isn’t happening, and the risk is most people continue to believe they are safe if they have had Covid  or a vaccine. 

‘ZOE data shows that vaccine protection wanes over time and a natural infection alone only gives 64 per cent protection, so we need to be doing all we can to get everyone double vaccinated and stop waiting for herd immunity to happen through natural infection.’

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