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The UK records just three daily Covid deaths in the lowest provisional Sunday number since the lockdown began


The UK has seen the highest number of daily Covid-19 cases since May, after 2,988 were reported in just 24 hours.

The last time the case number was this high in the UK was May 23 – 15 weeks ago – when 2,959 people tested positive. On that day, 220 people died of Covid-19.

Today's death toll was significantly lower. Another two people died after testing positive for the bug today, bringing the total death toll in the UK to 41,551.

Yesterday there were 1,813 new coronavirus infections – 1,175 fewer than today – and 12 deaths within 28 days of a positive test.

Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales reported no new deaths today.

In Scotland alone, 208 people tested positive for coronavirus, while 98 new cases were reported in Wales. Northern Ireland reported 106.

Experts believe that high case numbers combined with low fatalities could be due to the spread of the coronavirus in lower doses.

The UK has seen the highest number of daily Covid-19 cases since May, after 2,988 were reported in just 24 hours

Another two people died after testing positive for the bug today, bringing the total death toll in the UK to 41,551

Another two people died after testing positive for the bug today, bringing the total death toll in the UK to 41,551

Social distancing measures mean that an infected person can only pass on traces of Covid-19 to another person, which is why the “infectious dose” of the virus is lower.

Since the newly infected person would have a lower amount of the virus, their symptoms would not be as severe – similar to chickenpox.

While this would explain why an increase in cases has not led to an increase in deaths, doctors have emphasized that not enough is known about Covid-19 to determine if it is dose-dependent.

Other viruses, including SARS and MERS – the coronaviruses behind two previous pandemic outbreaks – are following this pattern.

Covid-19 cases have been slowly creeping in in the UK since the beginning of July.

In Greater Manchester, 220 cases were confirmed on Tuesday, followed by 262 on Wednesday. On Thursday it fell to 67

In Greater Manchester, 220 cases were confirmed on Tuesday, followed by 262 on Wednesday. On Thursday it fell to 67

There were 228 cases in London on August 27, followed by 214 on August 28 and 130 on August 29

There were 228 cases in London on August 27, followed by 214 on August 28 and 130 on August 29

Experts believe the spread of the coronavirus at lower doses means the death toll and hospital admissions remain low, while the daily case numbers are high. Pictured: Daily coronavirus cases in Cardiff

Experts believe the spread of the coronavirus at lower doses means the death toll and hospital admissions remain low, while the daily case numbers are high. Pictured: Daily coronavirus cases in Cardiff

Social distancing measures mean that an infected person can only pass traces of Covid-19 on to another person, which means that the “infectious dose” of the virus is lower. Pictured: Daily coronavirus cases in Swansea

Social distancing measures mean that an infected person can only pass traces of Covid-19 on to another person, which means that the “infectious dose” of the virus is lower. Pictured: Daily coronavirus cases in Swansea

The government risks jeopardizing the testing and tracing system by asking workers to return to the office at the same time the schools reopen, the expert warns

Requiring workers to return to the office at the same time schools reopen is jeopardizing the testing and traceability system's ability to deal with it, a leading public health expert warned.

Professor Devi Sridhar of the University of Edinburgh said she was concerned about the UK government's campaign to get people back into offices coinciding with the return of students as the test system in Scotland reopened with a surge in demand have to fight.

Scottish government adviser Ms. Sridhar told Sky News that having a fast, effective testing and tracking system is key to keeping the infection rate low and that suppressing the virus is vital to any economic recovery.

"I'm a bit worried about the back-to-office push next to the back-to-school push," she said.

“What we've seen in Scotland over the past few weeks is that the test system really had to race to meet the demand of all children who come home with a cough, cold and fever.

“If you add that all the adults who go back to the office and have them too, your test system is really under pressure. So you need to get ready and have your test system up and running so people can get the results fast enough and the tracing teams can get started. & # 39;

When asked about coronavirus infection among young people in schools and whether returning from schools could trigger an increase in certain cases, Ms. Sridhar said, “It really is in our hands.

“We have had different experiences around the world with Denmark, which coped exceptionally well with returning to school and has children who have very few problems with their [infection] numbers compared to Israel, where the numbers are due to the tests and traces are just skyrocketing in place. & # 39;

Mr Sridhar stated that all children are prone to contracting the same amount of the virus as adults, but younger children seemed less likely to transmit the virus than older ones.

The size of the children could be a possible reason for the difference, she suggested.

"Some of the hypotheses relate to the social interactions of elementary school children who are around them. They are more asymptomatic, which means that coughing and sneezing are less likely to infect others," she said.

“In addition, elementary school children are shorter and therefore less exposed to adults or other people in their environment.

"So there is a difference, but science has not yet confirmed which of these hypotheses it could be."

Ms. Sridhar said she thinks another nationwide lockdown is “unlikely”, adding, “If testing and tracking breaks down, you need your local restrictions on where you have restrictions on going to other people's homes or to pubs and hospitality or on riskier settings.

Although Ms. Sridhar praised the UK government for "turning to a model of maximum repression," she said they should consider introducing tests at airports when people arrive and then another test between five and eight days later.

She said: “I think the UK government as a whole has been behind the curve on border control – one of the most recent to put border restrictions in place.

“Once in place, they are not really monitored for compliance. This was also a pretty tough measure for the aviation industry and created uncertainty. I think yes we definitely need a better approach. & # 39;

This may seem alarming, but it has not corresponded with an increase in the number of people dying from the virus.

In the first week of July, the number of new Covid-19 infections across the UK hit a low of around 550 a day.

At that point, around 150 people were hospitalized with the virus every day in England alone, and there were around 30 deaths.

Since then, the number of new infections has risen steadily. Last week there were about 1,500 positive test results a day.

But the number of patients who end up in hospital and die has continued to decline.

In the week ended September 4, there were a total of 51 deaths in the UK.

There are around 450 hospitalized patients with Covid-19 in England – well below the 17,000 that occurred during the peak of the pandemic in April.

Even in the Midlands, where there was a significant surge of cases in July and were re-locked in Leicester, the number of people hospitalized or ventilated has continued to decline.

There are currently about seven patients hospitalized in the Midlands NHS area on ventilators, up from a high of 485.

Bolton was placed under stricter Covid-19 restrictions last night as the infection rate in the area became the highest in England.

Bolton Council has asked people of the city not to mingle with other households and to use public transport only for essential purposes.

The city's infection rate recently rose to 99 cases per 100,000 people per week, the highest in England, the council said.

In Greater Manchester, 220 cases were confirmed on Tuesday, followed by 262 on Wednesday. On Thursday it fell to 67.

Meanwhile, Leeds is on the verge of collapse and has been added to Public Health England's list of problem areas – while measures are eased in parts of Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Leicester next week.

In the city of Yorkshire, home to half a million people, the infection rate has risen to 32.4 new cases per 100,000 people, which has brought authorities to the attention.

There were 228 cases in London on August 27, followed by 214 on August 28 and 130 on August 29.

There were five cases in Bristol on August 30th, increasing to eight on August 31st and twelve on September 1st.

The Cardiff and Vale University Health Board recorded an increase of 18 cases in one day on August 29.

Dr. Elisabetta Groppelli, a virologist at St. George's University in London, said, “When you are exposed to lower levels of virus, fewer cells in your body become infected, so your immune system has time to trigger a response.

“If you infect many cells at the same time, you start at the back foot.

"There is currently no particularly solid data for Covid-19, but it makes sense."

Many comparisons have been made between Covid-19 and the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic.

A dose-dependent theory would also provide an explanation for what happened then.

A 2010 analysis found that the second wave hit poorer communities living in overcrowded conditions. They were given larger contagious doses and many thousands died.

Dr. Groppelli added: “Age and other diseases play a big role. But if I had to get infected with this coronavirus, I would like the smallest dose possible as it would mean a higher chance that my body would get the infection under control. & # 39;

Professor Wendy Barclay, director of the Infectious Disease Department at Imperial College London, added, "It's all about the size of the armies on either side of the battle," she says.

& # 39; A very large virus army is difficult for the army of our immune system to fight off.

"So if you stand farther away from someone who breathes or coughs, you are likely to get fewer virus particles. Then with a lower dose, you get infected and get sick less."

On the other hand, there is a possibility that, thanks to distant and, above all, natural pandemic patterns, the values ​​will be at the level before the start of the test – and an increase was still to be observed, warn other medical professionals.

Some suggest that nothing has changed in the human immune system, so those who are vulnerable will remain so.

And if these levels rise above a certain point, possibly in a few months, serious illness and death will follow.

There are concerns that parts of northern England may be in the midst of an endemic coronavirus, leaked Public Health England documents reveal.

There were five cases in Bristol on August 30th, increasing to eight on August 31st and twelve on September 1st.

There were five cases in Bristol on August 30th, increasing to eight on August 31st and twelve on September 1st.

Earlier this week, families in Malton attended a screening of The Greatest Showman at Castle Howard, where - despite the bad weather - they stayed in their own groups

Earlier this week, families in Malton attended a screening of The Greatest Showman at Castle Howard, where – despite the bad weather – they stayed in their own groups

Tour de France cyclists have used face masks to reduce the risk of the virus spreading

Tour de France cyclists have used face masks to reduce the risk of the virus spreading

On August 29th, fans at the Amex Stadium in Brighton distanced themselves socially when the home team played a friendly against Chelsea

On August 29th, fans at the Amex Stadium in Brighton distanced themselves socially when the home team played a friendly against Chelsea

In the Netherlands, guests cocooned in their own greenhouses while having dinner at the Mediamatic in Amsterdam

In the Netherlands, guests cocooned in their own greenhouses while having dinner at the Mediamatic in Amsterdam

The analysis claims that areas in north-west England where local lockdowns have taken effect – including Bolton, Manchester and Rochdale – "never really left the epidemic stage".

It is said that 90 percent of the counties in the Greater Manchester area are currently in an epidemic phase.

An epidemic refers to a disease that infects a large group of people, while an endemic disease generally occurs when a bug constantly affects a specific area.

Parts of northern England could be in the midst of an endemic coronavirus, according to leaked documents from Public Health England. Pictured: Members of the public wear masks as they walk through Bolton city center on Tuesday

Parts of northern England could be in the midst of an endemic coronavirus, according to leaked documents from Public Health England. Pictured: Members of the public wear masks as they walk through Bolton city center on Tuesday

It is claimed that 90 percent of Greater Manchester counties "are currently experiencing an epidemic". Pictured: people in Bolton this week

It is claimed that 90 percent of Greater Manchester counties "are currently experiencing an epidemic". Pictured: people in Bolton this week

The paper – labeled as "officially sensitive" and seen by The Observer – examined areas with high numbers of Covid-19 cases and examined links between large numbers of cases, economic disadvantage, overcrowded housing and larger BAME communities.

It suggests that the coronavirus is firmly entrenched in various areas, which means local lockdowns make little difference.

While the document – which uses data up to August – focuses on northwestern regions that have been partially locked again after a surge in coronavirus cases, it implies that its findings could be used at the national level.

It states: "The overall analysis suggests that Bolton, Manchester, Oldham and Rochdale have never really left the epidemic phase – and that nine of the ten counties [of Greater Manchester] are currently going through an epidemic phase."

The new measures, announced on Saturday evening, will take effect immediately. Pictured: Bolton town center in early September

The new measures, announced on Saturday evening, will take effect immediately. Pictured: Bolton town center in early September

It adds, “If we accept the assumption that the infection is now endemic in some areas, how does this change our strategy?

"If these areas were unable to reach a near-zero Covid status during the full lockdown, how realistic is it that we can expect the current escalations of restrictions to work?"

Bolton was placed under stricter Covid-19 restrictions last night as the infection rate becomes the highest in England in the area of ​​hundreds of thousands of people banned from mixing.

Bolton Council has asked people of the city not to mingle with other households and to use public transport only for essential purposes.

The city's infection rate recently rose to 99 cases per 100,000 people per week, the highest in England, according to the city council.

Locals think the lockdown in Glasgow is confusing after various households cannot meet at home but can go out for dinner

Glasgow locals have classified their local lockdown as confusing after the rules say they can't meet at each other's home but can go out to eat together.

According to the guidelines, which also apply to West Dunbartonshire and East Renfrewshire, residents are no longer allowed to meet with other households indoors from Tuesday at midnight.

But restaurants, pubs and bars have all stayed open, which confuses the locals.

Helen Smith, 45, told The Observer, “I've followed all the rules since this thing started, but I can't bother with these latest rules

“We should avoid pubs and restaurants and large groups of different households.

"Now I can meet my own family in a pub or gym with lots of other people, but I can't go to their house privately."

It came after the Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS regional authority reported 66 cases of coronavirus within 24 hours – 43 percent of all cases in Scotland on Tuesday.

Officials say the spike is largely due to indoor gatherings, which leads to the limited rules.

Just days earlier, Boris Johnson had come under fire in the coronavirus crisis for "chaos after chaos" after the government made another embarrassing U-turn on lockdowns.

Bolton and Trafford were among a number of areas in the northwest as restrictions were eased on Wednesday.

But the move was canceled in the 11th hour after an angry backlash from local politicians, including Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham, who said infection rates were still way too high.

Bolton and Trafford city councils warned of a surge in coronavirus cases – however, a lockdown wasn't put in place until 12 hours after most locals understood it had been lifted.

Local leaders have repeatedly felt angry with the national government throughout the pandemic as confusing rules for the 11th hour have sought clarity among voters.

Many councils have deployed volunteers or staff to take over community-led virus control, which is focused on communication, the paper reports read.

Public health directors have rated the current approach – where the rules and guidelines for local lockdowns come from London – as even more difficult.

New lockdown rules were enforced in Glasgow from midnight on Tuesday after the number of coronavirus cases increased there.

According to the guidelines, which also apply to West Dunbartonshire and East Renfrewshire, residents are no longer allowed to meet with other households indoors.

Only essential hospital visits are allowed in the affected areas, and anyone visiting a loved one in a nursing home must do so outdoors.

The rules will be reviewed after a week, but should remain in effect for a total of 14 days.

It came after the Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS regional authority reported 66 cases of coronavirus within 24 hours – 43 percent of all cases in Scotland on Tuesday.

Regarding the restrictions, Ms. Sturgeon wrote on Twitter: “I know how difficult this is going to be – I'm a Glasgow resident so these rules apply to me too – but they are important to hopefully nip this in the bud and make it stricter Avoid restrictions. & # 39;

The additional regulations in the three areas come after Aberdeen was locked again on August 5th.

The city's more than 200,000 residents were not allowed to be more than five miles from their homes, and pubs, bars and restaurants were closed.

The lockdown rules were then relaxed 18 days later.