UK coronavirus cases skyrocket by 12,872 – almost double previous 24 hour record
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases has skyrocketed by 12,872 – which is nearly double the previous 24 hour record.
The cases include infections previously missed going back to September 24.
The previous record was 7,143 also recorded during the second wave of the deadly bug.
Deaths in all settings have gone up by 49 to a total of 42,317.
The figures are usually released daily by the Department of Health on its website at 4pm but today they were not made public until 8.45pm.
The official website tracking the cases and deaths said there had been a ‘technical issue’ which was resolved and added: “This means the total reported over the coming days will include some additional cases from the period between 24 September and 1 October, increasing the number of cases reported.”
The numbers will worry those who thought the Government’s ‘rule of six’ was slowing the spread of coronavirus.
A study by Imperial College London and Ipsos Mori showed one in around 200 people in England were infected with coronavirus and found the reproduction R rate has dropped from 1.7 to 1.1.
The ONS Covid-19 Infection Survey has found an estimated 8,400 new cases each day, compared to 9,600 the previous week.
For six weeks, the ONS Covid-19 Infection Survey has studied almost 300,000 test swabs from randomly selected members of the public, whether they have symptoms or not.
Scientists in Oxford who are working on a coronavirus vaccine are anticipating it will be approved by early next year.
It is believed that once the process is under way, it could take six months to distribute the vaccine, but that the timeline could be even quicker than that, according to government sources.
Drive-through vaccination centres are being planned to cope with the huge logistical challenge of giving vaccines to tens of millions of people. The armed forces are also likely to be called in to help.
A government source told The Times: “We are looking at closer to six months and it is likely to be far shorter than that.”
But other officials are more cautions. A Royal Society report suggested it could take up to a year to successfully distribute a dose of the vaccine to every adult in the UK.
They believe that while priority groups could be targeted, it would depend on the successful roll out and administration of the vaccine in the first few months.
It’s likely that the elderly and vulnerable will be eligible for the jab first, which will be crucial in allowing the lifting of restrictions.
Young, healthy adults would be lower down the list.
The drug, currently being developed at Oxford University with the pharmaceutical giant Astrazeneca, is the most advanced of the vaccines that have been backed by Britain.
The news comes as US President Donald Trump received oxygen while at the White House as he battles coronavirus and the next 48 hours are ‘critical’, an anonymous official has told US media.
Yesterday the 74-year-old was hospitalized while suffering from ‘mild’ symptoms.
He walked to Marine One and was flown to Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda where he is now being treated.
A person ‘familiar with the president’s health’ told the New York Times: “The president’s vitals over the last 24 hours were very concerning and the next 48 hours will be critical in terms of his care.
“We’re still not on a clear path to a full recovery.”
This evening Trump tweeted from hospital saying that he is ‘feeling well’.
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