Another four people have died of Covid-19 in English hospitals, bringing the official UK total death toll to 41,503.
NHS England today confirmed the additional deaths, but Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland have not reported any further deaths.
The Department of Health has yet to disclose the official death certificate for the past 24 hours, which may be higher or lower than the provisional toll calculated by adding up the deaths reported by each home country.
Only one Covid-19 victim was reported yesterday, which gave hope that the coronavirus would subside. The numbers on holidays and weekends tend to be lower due to a delay in processing over the weekend.
However, there are growing concerns about the rising number of positive tests, with 1,715 people on Sunday seeing the largest daily increase in 12 weeks.
The last time the daily case load was this high in the UK was on June 4, when 1,805 people were diagnosed in just 24 hours.
Scotland uncovered another 160 cases today, the highest in three months when First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said it was "undoubtedly a problem".
Parents are preparing to send their children back to school tomorrow after a long heated debate between ministers and teachers' unions about whether it is safe to return to school.
In other coronavirus news today;
- An angry vacationer aboard a TUI flight with 193 passengers from Zante to Cardiff hit the airline after they were told that they all need to self-isolate after 16 positive coronavirus tests.
- Students are being disciplined for coughing classmates, using another grade group's toilets, or even joking about the coronavirus.
- A US study has shown that up to 90 percent of people who tested positive for Covid-19 have hardly any traces of the virus. This could be because today's tests are "too sensitive".
- Sarah Gilbert, the brain behind Oxford University's Covid-19 vaccine, said modern lifestyles are likely to cause more pandemic diseases to move from animals to humans in the near future.
The 160 new cases of Covid-19 in Scotland are the highest since May 16 and an increase from the 123 announced on Sunday.
The total number of cases since the pandemic began is 20,478.
The First Minister, Ms. Stör said she felt "a greater sense of fear" today than at any time "probably in recent months".
PASSENGER ON ZANTE FLIGHT WITH COVID-19 CASES ON THE PLANE
An angry vacationer aboard a TUI flight with 193 passengers from Zante to Cardiff hit the airline after they were told that they all need to self-isolate after 16 positive coronavirus tests.
Passengers who were on TUI flight 6215 on Tuesday are considered “close contacts” of those who tested positive for COVID-19, forcing them all to be quarantined for two weeks.
Seven of the passengers on the flight tested positive at the time of the trip and another nine since then, making a total of 16.
However, one passenger has now reported to TUI and claimed that the "incompetent" crew did nothing to ensure that social distance was maintained on the flight.
The angry aviator said she saw fellow travelers take off masks and freely mingle with friends and families on board.
Stephanie Whitfield from Cardiff, who was on the flight with her husband, told the BBC: “This flight was a debacle. The guy next to me had his mask around his neck. Not only did the airline not pull him up, they gave him a free drink when he said he knew a member of the crew.
Many people took off their masks and walked up and down the hallways to talk to others.
As soon as the flight landed, a lot of people immediately took off their masks. The flight was full of selfish "covidiots" and an incompetent crew who couldn't care less. "
Another passenger, Danielle Loughman, defended TUI, telling MailOnline that cabin crew repeatedly stressed the importance of wearing masks and that fellow passengers had done their best to maintain social distance.
She said, “I was on the flight mentioned above near the back of the plane and I have a family that was in the front of the plane and neither of us had any problems with people who weren't wearing masks.
"We were told not to queue for the toilet, which was also taped up, and we didn't see anyone chatting in the hallways (if they had I would have complained).
“While I can't tell everyone is wearing their masks (I was near the back so I couldn't see them all), there was definitely not a mad rush to take them off and they were all still on when we went through customs went as we all had to lower our masks when checking our passports.
"Yes, the flight was full, but Tui did everything possible to inform people about the security measures."
She added that Ms. Whitfield's complaints surprised her and "it was like we were on different flights".
According to Dr. Gwen Lowe, Communicable Disease Control Advisor at Public Health Wales, there are 16 cases of Covid-19 linked to people who took Tui Flight 6215 to Cardiff on Aug. 25, including the seven who did had him on the flight.
She said there had been around 30 cases of returning from Zante in the past week in Wales, which has been confirmed in people who were on different flights and staying in different locations.
The majority of new cases are in the central belt, with 69 in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Department and 27 in Lanarkshire.
Ms. Sturgeon said the surge in cases in Greater Glasgow and Clyde "appears to reflect a series of small clusters rather than one or two other major outbreaks".
She said an incident management team investigated a group of 22 cases in Ayrshire and Arran, many of which "appear to be related to indoor gatherings held over the past weekend".
A cluster in Hawick on the Scottish border has grown to 15 people, and there is a mobile test unit in the city. There are currently 188 cases related to the 2 Sisters food processing facility in Coupar Angus, a now closed chicken factory where all 900 employees have been instructed to self-isolate during working hours.
During the daily coronavirus briefing in Edinburgh, Ms. Sturgeon said the "fairly high" number of new cases was "partly due to a larger number of people tested," and stressed that the proportion of people who tested positive was still below 1 percent.
But she added, "The number of cases we are currently seeing is a reminder to all of us that the virus is still a very real risk. It is a development that affects me and that we take very seriously."
On Monday, Scotland took further steps out of lockdown with the opening of gyms and indoor pools and the resumption of youth groups like cubs and brownies, as well as mother and baby groups.
Ms. Sturgeon emphasized, however, "The numbers we are seeing now for new cases show very clearly that this virus is still present across the country. It will spread quickly if given the chance."
She warned Covid-19 that it was still "immensely dangerous" for some people and urged people to "continue to ensure that you do not do anything that gives the virus a chance to spread".
Reflecting on the past seven months, she said, “There have been some really dark moments along the way since early March, and more recently there have been moments of greater hope and optimism.
“I have always tried to be open with you about my assessments and feelings about the situation we are in. Therefore, today I feel able to tell you – and it is important that I tell you – that I feel a more fearful today than I ever did before, probably in the last few months.
& # 39; We are in a fragile position; We've significantly lifted the lockdown restrictions, but in doing so we allowed these viruses to spread. & # 39;
The death toll in Scotland remains at 2,494. The deaths were reported within five days.
Northern Ireland and Wales also reported no new deaths for the fourth day in a row. They reported 58 and 39 new cases respectively today.
The four deaths reported by NHS England bring the total hospital deaths during the pandemic to 29,554.
The number of cases diagnosed across the UK in the past 24 hours will be released by the government this afternoon.
However, yesterday's increase was in some cases 22 percent higher than the previous week.
It comes after the Health Secretary warned yesterday that nationwide restrictions cannot be ruled out should England see a surge in coronavirus cases this winter.
Matt Hancock also pointed out that restrictions may not be relaxed over Christmas to avoid a spike in the number of Covid-19 cases.
Speaking to the Times, Mr. Hancock said, “Cases are picking up again and we need to apply very large local bans or take further national action.
"We're not ruling that out, but we don't want to see it."
Scotland uncovered another 160 cases today, the highest in three months when First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, pictured on Aug. 26, said it was "undoubtedly a problem".
There are growing concerns about the rising number of positive tests, with 1,715 people on Sunday seeing the largest daily increase in 12 weeks
Up to 90% of COVID-19 patients are not contagious study proposals
Up to 90 percent of Covid-19 patients in Massachusetts, New York and Nevada carried barely any traces of the virus in July, and this could be because today's tests are "too sensitive," according to experts.
PCR tests – the most widely used diagnostic test for Covid-19 – need to be adjusted to rule out people who have insignificant amounts of the virus in their systems because they are unlikely to be contagious, *** said
Nowadays, the PCR test, which gives a yes or no answer when a patient is infected, doesn't tell how much virus a patient has in their body.
PCR tests analyze genetic substances in the virus in cycles, and today's tests typically take 37 or 40 cycles. However, experts say this is too high as it detects very small amounts of the virus that pose no risk.
The test threshold is so high that people with the live virus and those with few genetic fragments that are left over from an infection and no longer pose a risk are detected. Dr. Michael Mina, epidemiologist at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health said.
She described it like finding a hair in a room after a person left it.
According to the New York Times, doctors say that having fewer cycle thresholds, which is the number of cycles it takes to detect the virus, improves those with larger amounts of the virus who are at risk.
Experts say a reasonable limit for the virus would be 30 or 35 cycles, according to Juliet Morrison, a virologist at the University of California at Riverside. Dr. Mina said he would set the cutoff to 30.
New York State Laboratory Wadsworth analyzed cycle thresholds in already processed Covid-19 PCR tests and found in July that 794 positive tests were based on a threshold of 40 cycles.
With a cutoff of 35, about half of these tests would no longer count as positive. Around 70 percent would no longer be assessed as positive if the cycles were limited to 30.
In Massachusetts, 85 to 90 percent of people who tested positive with a cycle threshold of 40 in July would have been considered negative if the threshold had been 30 cycles, said Dr. Mina.
"I would say none of these people should be contacted, not one," he said.
Other data suggests the UK coronavirus outbreak is not spiraling out of control as feared, including recent NHS test and trace numbers which show the number of positive cases has dropped nearly nine percent in a week .
A total of 6,115 people were diagnosed between August 13 and 19, up from 6,656 the week before.
Coronavirus cases have declined in some locations in northwest England after restrictions were put in place in late July, Public Health England said on Friday.
The agency said Friday that Covid-19's activities had remained stable at the national level.
The weekly report showed Pendle, Oldham, Blackburn with Darwen, Manchester, Rochdale and Salford all showed less positive tests, although they are still at the top of the table for the highest infection rates.
People in Oldham and parts of Blackburn and Pendle are still not allowed to socialize anywhere outside of their household.
However, as of Wednesday, more than a million people are allowed to mingle again in different households as cases slow down – the first time since the restrictions were announced on July 30.
Social gatherings are permitted between two houses in Bolton, Stockport, Trafford, Burnley, Hyndburn and parts of Bradford, Calderdale and Kirklees.
According to the PHE, the number of confirmed cases depends heavily on how many people – and who – are tested. And this has changed drastically since the pandemic began, so it may not reflect a real increase in cases.
The highest number of positive tests in the latest record between Aug. 13-20 was found in the 15-44 group, PHE said.
It comes as schools prepare to reopen tomorrow and put in place some tough new codes of conduct to enforce social distancing requirements.
Students across the country have to get used to very different rules.
Parents have been warned that their children could be suspended from school if they fail to follow some of the rules designed to reduce the risk of infection.
And since many schools decide that it is unsafe to bring misbehaved children together in detention centers or alternative classrooms, they are sent home.
One of the most criminal codes of conduct was introduced by the Ark Alexandra Academy in Hastings, East Sussex, which makes it clear that even playground jibing is prohibited because of the pandemic.
In a letter home this month, Jerome Scafe, an assistant principal, introduced the school's new "coronavirus red lines".
It warned: “The following behaviors can result in temporary exclusion: willful or malicious coughing / sneezing at any point in time; humorous, inappropriate comments or statements about the coronavirus; targeted physical contact with another person; repeated failure to follow instructions within a reasonable time frame, resulting in the student being removed from class. & # 39;
Byron Academy in Acton, West London, has a new code of conduct that states: "Some behaviors (e.g., coughing intentionally on another person) that were previously" simply "antisocial are now potentially extremely serious."
A student who "willfully ignore or refuse to" intentionally ignore or refuse instructions regarding hygiene routines and social distancing between year group bladders "will be agitated, and if teachers conclude that this puts others at risk, parents should expect their child to be excluded.
And the John Flamsteed Community School in Derby said: “The students have special toilets that they can use during recess and at lunchtime – this must be respected.
"Should a student decide not to respect these, it will be treated as a very serious disciplinary matter."
Sarah Gilbert, the brain behind Oxford University's Covid-19 vaccine, has warned that more pandemic diseases are likely to move from animals to humans in the near future
In other coronavirus news, Sarah Gilbert, the brain behind Oxford University's Covid-19 vaccine, has warned that modern lifestyles are likely to spill more pandemic diseases from animals to humans in the near future.
Professor Gilbert said increasing world travel and growing populations increase the risk of zoonotic outbreaks.
Animal-borne diseases have become more common in recent years due to intensive farming for meat and deforestation, bringing animals closer together and to humans.
Professor Gilbert said the current pandemic has made it clear how international travel is making the spread of these viruses worse and larger populations making it harder to eradicate.
The exact origins of Covid-19 are currently unknown, but there is consensus that it came from bats before jumping to another animal, which then passes it on to humans.
Professor Gilbert, vaccine at the Jenner Institute in Oxford, told The Independent: “With developments around the world, we are more likely to have zoonotic infections in the future that will cause outbreaks.
"Greater population density, more travel, deforestation – all of these things make these outbreaks more likely to occur and then spread a bit."
Covid-19 has proven to be the deadliest and most contagious zoonotic disease, with 850,000 people dead and more than 25 million infected worldwide.
Other deadly examples include Ebola, which is derived from monkeys, MERS, which was found in camels, mosquito-borne West Nile virus, and rabies, which is mainly found in dogs. Two million people die of zoonoses every year – mostly in poor countries.
A report by the United Nations in July warned that the number of outbreaks of such infections will continue to increase unless protective measures are taken to protect wildlife.
A "zoonotic disease" is a disease that can be transmitted from a vertebrate animal – such as a mammal, bird, reptile, or fish – to a human.
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