The whole of the UK reported 23,065 Covid-19 cases on Thursday as official daily infections rise by just 8 per cent in a week – however, a grim study warns the actual number could be as high as 100,000 in England alone.
MUCH confusion over the true scale of Britain’s second wave of Covid-19 was sparked off this week after official data showed the UK’s daily cases are apparently NOT spiralling out of control. This comes amid warnings from a government-funded surveillance study that infections may actually be doubling every nine days.
Department of Health bosses recorded 23,065 new coronavirus cases, which is up just 8.6 per cent on the 21,242 posted last Thursday. But new reports from scientists at the Imperial College London have estimated 96,000 people are getting infected every day in England alone and that the outbreak is rapidly growing. This adds even more pressure on Boris Johnson to act quickly to prevent another crisis similar to what the nation suffered in the spring.
This new report clashes with estimates from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), which are considered the most reliable indicator for the true scale of the Covid-19 crisis, saying that 35,200 cases occurred in England every day in the week ending October 16 – but that the speed cases were growing had slowed. Fresh predictions are expected to be published tomorrow afternoon.
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