Covid: ‘A lot to learn’ from EU on handling pandemic says Sridhar
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Covid cases are skyrocketing with almost 50,000 new cases recorded in a single day as Downing Street warned of the upcoming challenges of the winter season. New daily confirmed cases hit the highest level seen since July 17 this week. The increase in cases has been mainly attributed to infections from schoolchildren – but rises in hospitalisations and deaths are driven by waning vaccine immunity in older and more vulnerable groups.
Covid cases in the UK are soaring far above those of other nations around the globe.
The latest data shows the UK reports more than five times more cases per million than Germany and a massive 17 times more than Spain.
The Department of Health recorded its largest daily rise in Covid cases on Monday, October 18, with 49,156 new cases confirmed.
This equates to a rate of 423 per 100,000 people.
The rise in cases is sparking calls for the Government to enact its Plan B agenda.
Plan B is the action which will be taken if Plan A is not sufficient to prevent “unsustainable pressure”.
The key points of Plan B include compulsory face coverings in some settings, asking people to work from home and introducing vaccine passports.
This plan could be brought in at short notice after “concerning” data is confirmed particularly related to the hospitalisations, rapid rates of change in figures and the overall state of the NHS.
Research by Our World in Data revealed in the seven days to Monday, the UK had a rate of 639.49 infections per million of the population.
This compares to 349.08 in Ireland, 224.84 across Europe generally, 111.08 in Germany and 34.93 in Spain.
In total 10 countries have higher seven-day case rates per million people than the UK including four European countries.
Latvia has the highest case rate per million with a rate of 1,116.5 per one million people.
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But how does your area compare?
The latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) data shows an average of one in 60 people were infected with the virus on any given day during the first week of October.
This was a jump of more than 13 percent from the previous week.
Weekly infections were only higher than this rate in mid-January when just five percent of the population had received at least one dose of the vaccine.
In the past seven days, the highest rate per 100,000 people was in East Midlands where it stood at 516.5 – which is 93.5 higher than the UK average.
Yorkshire and the Humber and the South West had the next highest rates at 488 and 465.2 per 100,000 people.
The remaining case rates were reported across the UK:
- North West: 456.5
- East of England: 456.3
- West Midlands: 446.1
- North East: 439.4
- South East: 416.3
- London: 237.1
Speaking from the Global Investment Summit on Tuesday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the vaccine success in Britain can be attributed to “free-market capitalism”.
Mr Johnson described himself as “washing around the back teeth with vaccine” after having had “several jabs” and he added jabs allowed people to get back to a more normal way of living.
He attributed the vaccine success to “free-market capitalism”, saying it helped to create a “set of armour for our species” in the form of vaccines.
Firms and their “willingness to spend massive sums at risk on something that might never come off” helped save the world during the pandemic according to Mr Johnson.
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