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UK daily Covid cases above 40,000 for 11th day in a row as another 135 die

A prominent adviser to the Government on Covid-19 has said he is “very fearful” there will be another “lockdown Christmas” as he urged the public to do everything possible to reduce transmission of the virus

Scenes inside an Intensive Care Unit (file photo)

The number of coronavirus cases recorded in the UK has risen by 44,985 today with a further 135 fatalities.

It was the 11th day in a row the number of cases recorded has exceeded 40,000.

Coronavirus cases surged by 43,423 infections last Saturday. It was a 24 per cent rise from the previous Saturday when 34,950 cases were recorded.

The figures announced on October 16 showed a further 148 infected people had died.

Yesterday the number of Covid cases rose by 49,298 and another 180 tragic deaths were confirmed by official government figures.

A prominent adviser to the Government on Covid-19 has said he is “very fearful” there will be another “lockdown Christmas” as he urged the public to do everything possible to reduce transmission of the virus.



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Professor Peter Openshaw, a member of the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (Nervtag), said case numbers and death rates are currently “unacceptable”.

He said measures such as working from home and mask wearing are “so important” as part of efforts to control the spread of Covid.

The expert’s warning comes after the Prime Minister resisted calls from health leaders for tighter restrictions despite the rising levels of infections.



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Health Secretary Sajid Javid said this week that new cases could reach 100,000 a day but Downing Street insisted there was still spare capacity in the NHS and that Plan B would only be activated if it came under “significant pressure”.

Plan B includes working-from-home guidance and the mandatory use of face masks.

Speaking in a personal capacity, Prof Openshaw, of Imperial College London, told BBC Breakfast: “I’m very fearful that we’re going to have another lockdown Christmas if we don’t act soon.



Hospital staff wearing masks and aprons to protect against Covid (file photo)
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“We know that with public health measures the time to act is immediately. There’s no point in delaying.

“If you do delay then you need to take even more stringent actions later. The immediacy of response is absolutely vital if you’re going to get things under control.


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