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Britain reports highest weekly COVID-19 cases since July

CoronavirusOct 23, 2021 18:20
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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: People walk past a COVID-19 Mobile Testing Unit van, amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in London, Britain, October 21, 2021. REUTERS/Toby Melville

By David Milliken

LONDON (Reuters) -Britain recorded the highest number of new cases of COVID-19 since July over the past week, government figures showed on Saturday, a day after Prime Minister Boris Johnson played down the prospect of a return to lockdown.

Some 333,465 people in Britain tested positive for COVID-19 over the past seven days, up 15% on the previous week and the highest total since the seven days to July 21.

Daily figures https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk showed there were 44,985 new cases on Saturday, down from 49,298 on Friday. Daily death figures were only available for England, and showed 135 fatalities within 28 days of a positive test.

Deaths have risen by 12% over the past week, and the total since the start of the pandemic now stands at 139,461, the second highest in Europe after Russia.

While vaccination and better medical treatment have sharply reduced deaths compared with previous waves of the disease, hospitals are already stretched and Britain's current death rate is far higher than many of its European neighbours.

Government health advisors said on Friday that preparations should be made for the possible reintroduction of measures to slow the spread of the disease, such as working from home, as acting early would reduce the need for tougher measures later.

Johnson, however, said he did not expect a return to lockdown.

"We see absolutely nothing to indicate that is on the cards at all," he said on Friday.

Britain reports highest weekly COVID-19 cases since July
 

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Siddhant Jain
Siddhant Jain Oct 24, 2021 8:01
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So long as mortality rate goes down & hospitalisation too go to miniscule numbers,this could go down as FLU by now
Pedro Gonzalez
Pedro Gonzalez Oct 23, 2021 22:10
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The UK are really good at counting and reporting.
Jonathan So
Jonathan So Oct 23, 2021 19:13
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Uk is prepared to deal with up to 100k per day and continue its living with the virus operation. Considering the UK tests the highest number of people in the world for this virus; look at the deaths, not the infections.
 
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