Britain's coronavirus infection rate continues to rise after another 771 cases were registered today – after experts warned that the country is on the brink of tougher lockdown measures to ward off a resurgence.
Boris Johnson delayed lifting restrictions yesterday after sobering statistics showed a slight increase in cases in the UK.
There followed a withdrawal of liberties for four million people in the north who are no longer allowed to visit friends and relatives in their homes.
Infection numbers released by the Ministry of Health today are four more than last week, while the number of deaths has increased by 74, more than the number published last Saturday.
The steady increase in cases and deaths is due to the fact that scientists have prepared you for further measures to combat the spread of the virus.
Dr. Daniel Lawson, a lecturer in statistical science at the School of Mathematics at Bristol University, yesterday pointed out the increase in the infection rate and made comparisons with European neighbors. He urged people to "take the obvious rise seriously".
After the release of ONS data showed an increase in the infection rate, he said that Britain was "close to turning point" and that people should prepare for "further rapid action".
Prof. Chris Whitty suggested that the nation must make "compromises" that restrict some aspects of life in order to reopen others.
It has been widely believed that this gloomy forecast paves the way for stricter restrictions on assemblies to enable the reopening of schools, which the prime minister called "a national priority."
In other developments on the escalating British coronavirus crisis today:
- The government was beaten up at the start of Eid over the imposition of a new ban in Manchester, East Lancashire and West Yorkshire.
- Cornish locals said they were "too scared" to shop for groceries as visitors ignored social distance and flocked the narrow streets.
- A police officer suffered a head injury when he tried to end a street brawl after the group was called to a 200-member oath in Ilford.
- A tearful future bride, whose wedding plans were ruined by Boris Johnson's about-turn restrictions, said she was "absolutely devastated" and didn't know how to "get ahead".;;
- English football stars James Maddison, Jack Grealish and Dele Alli ignored Covid's rules when they were photographed at a party in Ibiza
The wise member warns England that it should consider closing pubs to open schools next month
Professor Graham Medley, member of the Sage Scientific Advisory Group, said that England may have to consider closing pubs to reopen schools next month.
When asked about chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty's prediction that the country was "close to the borders" of opening up society, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine scientist told BBC Radio 4's Today program: " I think that is quite possible.
“I think we are in a situation where most people think that opening schools is a priority for children's health and well-being and that in this case we will reconnect many households.
“So if we close some of the other networks, some other activities may be needed to open schools.
"It could be a question of balancing each other and then it's about setting priorities. Do we think pubs are more important than schools?"
The Department of Health released its daily number after England, Scotland and Wales published their own.
The numbers in each country are calculated differently so that the total government often does not match the combined number for the local authorities.
Another four people who tested positive for viruses died in hospital in England, bringing the total number of confirmed deaths in hospitals to 29,342, NHS England said.
According to Public Health Wales, two people died after being tested positive for coronavirus, but there were no deaths in Scotland.
The patients were between 78 and 84 years old and all had known underlying diseases. Another five deaths were reported with no positive Covid-19 test result.
The total number of deaths in British hospitals, nursing homes and the wider coronavirus community is now at 46,193.
Meanwhile, the number of cases in Wales increased by 21 and the number of confirmed cases to 17,279. There have been 18 new cases of coronavirus registered in Scotland in the last 24 hours, and 260 people are in Scottish hospitals, three of them in Covid-19 intensive care.
Northern Ireland has stopped reporting its virus information on weekends, so daily positive numbers only apply to the UK.
Health chiefs previously said 753 people are now affected by the infection every day. The moving average has risen steadily since it dropped to a four-month low of 546 on July 8.
Separate worrying numbers released on Thursday showed that coronavirus cases in England have doubled since June and are at their highest since May. 4,200 people are still infected every day.
And government scientists are no longer convinced that the R rate is below one, and warn that it may even be above the dreaded threshold in the southwest and northwest.
Top experts have warned that travel bans between regions may be required to prevent the outbreak from getting out of control, just as it did in March before the national ban was introduced. And they urged Britain to take the rise in infections "seriously". Acting too late could result in thousands of more preventable deaths and call on the nation to be "prepared" for further action.
In the meantime, Boris Johnson announced that he had "applied the brake pedal" to loosen the Coronavirus lockdown, and insisted that the government had no choice but to delay the reopening of the already crippled economy as that the cases "crept in".
The unsettled Prime Minister announced that the planned return of casinos, bowling alleys and close contact services such as beauticians on August 1 was postponed to August 15 at the earliest. Professor Chris Whitty, England's chief physician, warned ministers not to push the easing measures "to their limits" and admitted that more freedom for people "absolutely" will lead to the revival of the virus.
Department of Health chiefs announced yesterday that an additional 880 people tested positive for the potentially life-threatening virus – most of which have been recorded in one day since June 28 (901).
The average infection within seven days rose to 753. In comparison, the rate was 737 on Thursday and has been on the up for 14 days as fear of resurgence increases.
Government statistics show that the official size of the UK outbreak is now 303,181. However, the actual size of the outbreak is estimated to be millions based on antibody test data.
The death dates do not indicate how many Covid 19 patients have died within the past 24 hours – it is only how many deaths have been reported and registered with the authorities.
And the number doesn't always match the home country updates. Department of Health officials are working on a different time limit, which means daily updates from Scotland and Northern Ireland are out of sync.
The census announced by NHS England every afternoon, which only takes hospital deaths into account, does not match the DH numbers because they use a different recording system.
For example, some deaths announced by NHS England chiefs have already been counted by the Department of Health, which records deaths "as soon as they are available".
On average, around 63 people die of the disease every day. However, the death curve is no longer leveling off as quickly as the rate has hardly changed in the past 10 days.
Infected patients may take several weeks to die, which means that an increase in government deaths is not immediately apparent.
It comes after the Prime Minister announced yesterday that he was pressing the brake pedal to release the coronavirus lock and announced that the mandatory wearing of face masks would be extended.
Mr Johnson used a press conference in Downing Street yesterday to warn that coronavirus cases had "sneaked in". As a result, the government has no choice but to delay the further reopening of the economy.
Plans to allow wedding receptions for up to 30 people in England have been delayed, as have reopening of close contact services such as beauticians, ice rinks and a pilot to bring the crowd back to the sports venues. Shielding measures are still being eased, however, while workers continue to be asked to return to the office next month
Street marshals patrolled hotspots after visitors were seen streaming through narrow streets without respecting the rules of social distance. Pictured: Tourists flock to Fistral Beach in Cornwall yesterday
The Cornish resorts were called "Benidorm against steroids" after the flood of visitors frightened the residents to leave their homes and shop for groceries. Pictured: Lively streets in St. Ives yesterday
Cases are on the rise … and the rate can be over one
Coronavirus cases in England are now at their highest since May, and government scientists are no longer confident that the crucial R rate is below the feared one level.
Government statistics yesterday admitted that "there is now enough evidence" to prove that Covid-19 infections are on the rise and that 4,200 people will contract the virus every day in England alone.
The National Statistics Office's estimate, which measures the size of the outbreak by wiping thousands of people, has doubled since the end of June and is 68 percent higher than 2,500 two weeks ago.
One in 1,500 people currently have the corona virus – 0.07 percent of the population. However, experts believe that the rate in London is twice as high and is still increasing. Nursing homes and hospitals are not included in this figure.
The number 10 scientific advisers have also increased the R rate in the UK, saying they now believe it is between 0.8 and 0.9. Since May it was only 0.7.
SAGE also revealed the growth rate – the average number of people infected by each Covid-19 patient – that may have exceeded one in the southwest, where the hot spots for stays in Devon, Cornwall, and Dorset are located. And they said it would probably be the same height in the northwest. Matt Hancock announced stringent new closures last night in Greater Manchester and parts of Lancashire and Yorkshire.
He said that the planned return of casinos, bowling alleys and so-called close contact services such as beauticians on August 1 was postponed to August 15 at the earliest.
The mandatory wearing of facewear will be expanded to include galleries and places of worship, and there will now be a "larger police presence" to ensure that people wear masks and respect social distance.
Meanwhile, when he stood next to the Prime Minister, England's Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty warned that Britain may have reached a limit on how much of society can be opened safely.
Professor Whitty said, "We have probably reached the limit or limits of what we can do." And if we want to do more in the future, we may have to do less of some other things.
The comments should scare the financial markets and raise doubts as to whether schools can return as planned in September.
He said: “We have to be realistic about this. The idea that we can open everything and keep the virus under control is clearly wrong. & # 39;
Separate data showed yesterday that the outbreak of the coronavirus in England is increasing and compared to last week another 1,000 people are contracting the disease every day.
The ONS dates, which run until July 26, are considered the most accurate available. It is estimated how many people in the community have coronavirus infection and not in hospitals and nursing homes.
The numbers are well above those of the Department of Health, which reports only Covid-19 cases every day that have been confirmed with a laboratory test. Thousands of patients never develop symptoms.
ONS collects data from swab tests that are regularly sent to people's homes to test whether they are infected with the virus at this time. People are chosen to be representative of the British population.
The organization follows trends over a period of six weeks. This week's update was based on the results of 116,026 swab tests collected over six weeks. In these weeks, 59 people from 58 households were tested positive.
Only a very small number of people test positive over a period of time, creating a wide range of possible ONS estimates from which to choose how many people in the community have the virus.
In the last week (July 20-26), ONS estimates that around 4,200 people were newly infected with Covid-19 every day. According to their calculations, it could be as low as 2,200 or as high as 8,100.
The possible range in this week's estimate is between 23,700 and 53,200 – from 18,500 to 39,900 reported last week and 15,000 and 34,000 two weeks ago. This does not apply to patients in hospitals or nursing home residents who cannot be tested at home.
"There is now evidence that the number of people in England who have tested positive for a nose and throat swab in the past few weeks has increased slightly," the report said.
A low point follows in June, when 0.06 percent of the population were infected in the week ending June 18, a sharp drop from the 0.25 percent measured in mid-May.
Boris Johnson announced that after an increase in coronavirus cases, he would press the brake pedal to ease the blockage
Which lockdown easing measures have been postponed?
Wedding receptions of more than 30 people may no longer take place as planned tomorrow. They will be postponed until at least August 14th
Test sporting events will be put on hold for the next two weeks until August 15th.
Close contact with Beauty Services Facials cannot be opened until August 15th.
Casinos, bowling alleys and ice rinks can only be reopened on the same day.
But Boris Johnson urged workers to return to work as planned next week.
Face masks will be mandatory in most public interiors, including places of worship and museums.
police will have new powers to enforce social distance rules, including wearing face masks.
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