Covid: UK daily cases pass 50,000 for first time since January

Covid: UK daily cases pass 50,000 for first time since January

16 July 2021 08:46 pm

More than 50,000 daily coronavirus cases have been reported in the UK for the first time since mid-January.

There were 51,870 cases recorded - the highest figure since 15 January - and 49 deaths within 28 days of a positive test.

From Monday, lockdown rules will end in England - although some guidance will remain.

Earlier, England's chief medical officer warned hospital admissions could hit "scary numbers".

Prof Chris Whitty said the number of people in hospital with Covid was doubling roughly every three weeks.

The UK is "not out of the woods yet" and people should act with caution as restrictions are eased on Monday, he added.

Meanwhile, separate Office for National Statistics data suggests Covid infections have risen again in much of the UK.

Latest figures from swab tests in the community suggest in England one in every 95 people has the virus - up from one in 160 in the previous week.

In Scotland, one in every 90 people is estimated to be infected, while in Northern Ireland it is one in 290 and in Wales one in 360.
The more infectious Delta variant accounts for almost every case.

It is estimated that just over 650,000 people, or 1% of the population in the UK, would have tested positive for coronavirus in the week to 10 July - up from 400,000 people the previous week.

The ONS says the percentage of people testing positive has "continued to increase" in England and Scotland, whereas the "trend is uncertain" in Wales and Northern Ireland.