Sumary of Covid cases in England rising at fastest rate since winter wave:
- Daily infections are now rising at 3% to 6% across England, official estimates released on Friday suggest, pointing to a growth rate not seen since cases started to soar at the end of last year..
- The figures come as a further 8,125 Covid cases in the UK were reported on Friday, levels not seen since the end of February..
- Data released by Public Health England on Friday revealed that up to 96% of Covid cases in England were now down to the Delta variant first discovered in India, with the total number of confirmed cases in the UK passing 42,000..
- The steep jump in UK cases of Delta variant, by 29,892 to a total of 42,323 in the latest PHE report, is partly due to a new technique to determine the variant present in a positive Covid sample..
- Dr Jenny Harries, the chief executive of the UK Health Security Agency, urged people eligible for vaccination to come forward to receive the jab..
- Mark Woolhouse, professor of infectious disease epidemiology at Edinburgh University, said it was hard to interpret what the deaths in the fully vaccinated people might mean for the coming months..
- “It different if those breakthrough infections are in very frail people already in hospital, or in young, healthy adults infected in the community..
- The report comes as survey data from the Office for National Statistics based on swabs collected from randomly selected households also showed Covid infection levels were rising in Britain…