Nearly 100,000 people are catching coronavirus every day as pandemic reaches “critical stage”, report warns.
A study carried out by Imperial College London estimates the number of infections is doubling every nine days, with researchers warning we are at a “critical stage”.
Authors say the pace of the epidemic is accelerating and something has to change.
An interim report led by Imperial College London and Ipsos MORI, which includes tests taken between October 16 and 25, shows that the prevalence of infection has more than doubled since the last round of testing, with 1.28 per cent infected.
“This means an estimated 128 people per 100,000 of England’s population has the virus that causes Covid-19, compared to 60 as of October 5. This corresponds to 96,000 new infections each day,” said Imperial College.
“The overall reproduction number (R) has increased to 1.6, with infections doubling every nine days, meaning that the epidemic is continuing to grow across the country.”
Professor Paul Elliott, director of the programme at Imperial, said: “These interim findings paint a concerning picture of the situation in England, where we’re seeing a nation-wide increase in infection prevalence, which we know will lead to more hospitalisations and loss of life.
“We’re also detecting early signs that areas which previously had low rates of infection are following trends observed in the country’s worst-affected areas. Now more than ever we must all work together to curb further spread of the virus and avoid subsequent overwhelming of the health service.”
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