By Laura Kemp • 16 October 2021 • 15:33
Spain is European leader for new COVID infections, with 600% more in the last month
Covid infections in the UK have reached January levels with one million infections, most of them within school years 7-11 and the over 50s, according to the Office of National Statistics.
Figures also reveal that around one in 60 people in private homes in England had Covid in the week to October 9. This number is up from one in 70 the week before.
One in 60 people is the equivalent of about 890,000.
In January’s second wave, around one in 50 people were estimated to have Covid at its peak.
The ONS said: “Data from the Coronavirus Infection Survey shows one million people across the UK had COVID-19 in the latest week, as infections rose across England and Wales, but fell in Scotland.”
Levels of infection have also increased in all regions across England except the North East, East Midlands and London.
Yesterday, October 15, daily Covid cases in the UK hit 69,000.
Research found in the double vaccinated population, there are an estimated 18,817 new daily symptomatic cases in the UK.
Professor Tim Spector, lead scientist on the ZOE COVID Study app, comments on the latest data: “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 35-55-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.”
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