Just 17 places in England now seeing coronavirus cases fall

Only 17 of the 149 areas in England have seen a week-on-week drop in coronavirus cases, according to the latest official figures.

Cases are now rising or showing no change in all other areas according to Public Health England.

Sunderland and Bolton are among the worst areas, while PHE now has 49 areas on the watchlist of places officials are concerned about outbreaks – significantly more than in previous weeks.

Areas where the infection rate has decreased since the beginning of last month were:

  • Bedford
  • Bexley
  • Buckinghamshire
  • Cambridgeshire
  • Camden
  • Gloucestershire
  • Green wich
  • Norfolk
  • Oldham
  • Plymouth
  • Redcar and Cleveland
  • Rutland
  • Southampton
  • Southend-on-Sea
  • Swindon
  • Trafford
  • Wandsworth

It’s because the average number of people testing positive every day has doubled to 3,000 in 10 days, warning young people that the virus is on the rise among their age group.

A second blocking of the coronavirus could be enforced in Wales within weeks if people don’t change their behavior, the country’s health minister said.

Vaughan Gething warned that the pattern of increasing cases was “similar to the situation we faced in early February” and said action needed to be taken to avoid significant damage or another full lockdown.

The number of new cases of coronavirus in Wales rose by 183 on Monday – the largest increase in daily cases since May 19 – bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 19,573.

And the UK needs to act quickly to prevent coronavirus cases from spiraling out of control, with a delay of even a few days potentially “dangerous,” said an academic advising the government.

Peter Openshaw, Professor of Experimental Medicine, Imperial College London, said a “trickle” of cases could turn into a “cascade,” adding that if people don’t abide by the “rule of six” now, the country will face it again. “hard lock”.

Prof Openshaw, who is a member of the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (Nervtag), which advises the government on the threat of new and emerging respiratory viruses, said that if the virus is present in care homes, it will inevitably lead to hospitalization. . and deaths.

Speaking at Sky’s Ridge on Sunday, he said, “We know these are very vulnerable bags. It’s not just in the younger people, it’s starting to show up in people who are more vulnerable, and that will inevitably be followed by hospitalizations and deaths,” so we have to act quickly. “

Prof. Openshaw said of the increase in the number of cases, “I think everyone agrees that we need to act really fast now to keep this from growing exponentially.

“I think the main point is that we need to act quickly because it’s so much harder to get this kind of thing under control if you put it off.

“Even a few days can be potentially quite dangerous right now.”

Former Chief Scientific Adviser and member of the Emergency Scientific Advisory Group (Sage) Sir Mark Walport has warned that the country is “on the verge of losing control of Covid-19”.

Asked if he thinks Sir Mark is right, Professor Openshaw said to Ridge, “Yes, I think that’s correct.”

The Sunday Times reported a Health Department report flagged as “ officially sensitive ” that it was circulating on Friday that the coronavirus recorded through satellite tests – used in nursing homes – had quadrupled since the beginning of the month. .

The paper also said health secretary Matt Hancock received an emergency update on Wednesday saying outbreaks had been detected in 43 care homes.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Social Care said, “During our coronavirus response, we have done everything we can to ensure that all staff and residents of care homes are protected.”

Harsh new Covid-19 lockdown measures were announced Friday for parts of the UK as cases continued to rise and the R number – the reproduction number of coronavirus transmission – climbed above one.

According to government advisers, the last time R was above one was in early March.

Meanwhile, the Sunday Telegraph reported that up to 4.5 million people believed to be at risk of serious illness from Covid-19 will be asked to stay home again or receive tailored advice to protect themselves if the rise to dangerous levels.

The newspaper said people identified using a new ‘risk model’ based on factors such as underlying health status, age, gender and weight will receive letters with specific advice.

The plan is initially intended to operate in areas with severe contamination levels, but officials are willing to roll it out nationwide if necessary, a source told the paper.

And, according to the paper, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is believed to be considering introducing a 10 PM or 11 PM curfew in restaurants, bars and pubs if local measures fail to control the spread of the virus.

The move stems from concerns that adherence to social distance measures decreases as people consume more alcohol.

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