Britain today registered 2,621 more cases of coronavirus as the outbreak continues amid mounting fears of a second wave.
Government statistics show that an average of 2,998 infections per day are now registered. In comparison, more than 3,300 cases were confirmed on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Top experts insist the UK need not panic about the rising numbers just yet, as they are just a fraction of the more than 100,000 that happened every day during the darkest period of the crisis. However, other scientists say action must be taken to prevent Britain from being hit by another wave of the disease.
Health officials also announced a further nine lab-confirmed Covid-19 deaths, bringing the official number of victims who succumbed to the disease within one month of testing to 41,637.
Government figures show the number of deaths has yet to rise in line with rising cases, which have doubled in two weeks – from a moving seven-day average of 1,323 on Aug. 31. Patients may take several weeks to succumb to the infection. deaths may not begin to drip for another week.
Hospital admissions, another way to measure the pandemic, have also started to increase over the past week, with 136 coronavirus patients admitted for care in England on September 9 alone – the most current figure. In comparison, it had dropped to 25 at the end of August.
THE UK’S COVID RESPONSE WAS LEADED BY A ‘DAD’S ARMY’ WITH LITTLE OR NO EXPERIENCE, CLAIM TWO OXFORD EXPERTS
The response to the coronavirus in Britain is being led by a ‘Dad’s Army’ of well-paid people with no experience, two leading scientists said when they called for number 10 to stop panic and drop the controversial ‘rule of six’.
Professors Carl Heneghan and Tom Jefferson, of the University of Oxford, accused Boris Johnson of making a series of “catastrophic” mistakes since returning to work in April, following his own battle with the deadly virus.
They said the country’s pandemic response has suffered because it has been led by government officials who are inexperienced in monitoring public health.
They pointed out that Secretary of Health Matt Hancock has only been on the job for two years; Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty was appointed in 2019; Boris Johnson was elected last year; and the Joint Biosecurity Center – created to combat the Covid-19 pandemic – is run by a spy.
Professor Heneghan and Professor Jefferson warned that the government’s new measure to restrict meetings – which went into effect today – was “troubling” and “had no scientific evidence for it.” They argued that it could instead have ‘big consequences’.
And by urging the ministers to get on with life because it is ‘unrealistic’ to contain the spread of Covid-19, they warned that the ‘roll of the dice’ to crack down on audience could tip over and say it should have been thrown away ‘.
Gatherings of more than six people have been made illegal in an effort to stop a wave of coronavirus cases that experts have warned is about to spiral out of control. Young people under the age of 12 are exempt from the rules in Wales and Scotland.
The number of deaths announced every day by the Department of Health has fallen since the height of the Covid-19 crisis in Britain, with more than 1,000 patients killed on some days in April.
And while the number of coronavirus cases is on the rise again, there is no evidence that it is leading to more people dying, as was feared.
Experts suggest that cases are now more likely to be noticed in younger people, who almost never die from the disease, and that hospitals are now better at treating Covid-19 than at the start of the pandemic.
The most current government death toll from the coronavirus – released this afternoon – was 41,637. It takes into account victims who have died within 28 days of a positive test.
Ministers dropped the original number of fatalities last month over concerns that it was inaccurate because it had no time limit, meaning no one would ever be able to technically recover in England.
More than 5,000 deaths occurred from the original toll. The moving average number of daily deaths from coronavirus has dropped dramatically – from about 60 to less than ten.
The mortality data does not reflect how many Covid-19 patients have died in the past 24 hours. It’s just how many fatalities have been reported and registered with the authorities.
And the figure doesn’t always match updates from the home countries. Department of Health officials work with a different time limit, meaning that daily updates from Scotland and Northern Ireland are out of sync.
The toll rate announced by NHS England every day, taking into account only hospital fatalities, does not match the DH figures because they operate with a different registration system.
For example, some of the deaths announced by NHS England bosses have already been counted by the Department of Health, which records fatalities “as soon as they become available.”
It’s because ministers today urged people to mock their neighbors if they ignore the new ‘Rule of Six’ coronavirus policy as the country is on the brink of another disastrous lockdown.
Police Minister Kit Malthouse said rule violators should be reported to authorities as the draconian measures have left deep rifts between ministers and experts.
The drastic intervention came when Home Secretary Priti Patel warned that people will face criminal records and thousands of pounds in fines if they refuse to obey the law.
Meanwhile, the government’s response to the spike in infections has been labeled panicky by top scientists and not based on evidence, with gifs that those responsible are a “Dad’s Army” with no experience.
A graph showing the proportional change in the number of new cases of Covid-19 in Britain suggests that they are now rising at a similar rate to April, about two weeks after the lockdown started
But other experts have issued chilling warnings that the outbreak is about to spiral out of control after the daily number of cases topped 3,000 for the first time in months.
Boris Johnson sent shockwaves across the country last week when he announced the restrictions, the first widespread tightening of the lockdown since March.
The rules are now in effect in England after a sunny weekend in which many people enjoyed one last meeting before misery settled.
Gatherings of more than six people have been made illegal in an effort to stop a wave of coronavirus cases. It has angered that much larger households are no longer able to meet anyone.
However, the rules in England are stricter than in Wales and Scotland, where young people under 12 are exempt from the crackdown.
The British are now waiting with bated breath to see if the action can push back the infections, with an average of around 3,000 new cases being recorded every day.
By comparison, only 546 new coronavirus infections were recorded at the beginning of July, when the number of cases fell to a five-month low. Since then they have continued to crawl.
France and Spain, in particular, have seen tremendous increases, but Belgium – which has imposed a similar crackdown – appears to be in better control of the situation.
There are fears that failure will lead to poorer restraint in the run-up to Christmas, with a 10pm curfew for pubs being considered as young people “forget” about Covid regulations.