It comes as the UK is just the seventh country to pass the devastating landmark of 150,000 total deaths, following the USA, India, Brazil, Mexico, Russia and Peru
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Covid cases have risen 120,821 in the last 24 hours – marking a 44% decrease from exactly one week ago.
A further 379 deaths have also been recorded in the last 24 hours – the highest number since February 20th, 2021.
Last Tuesday saw a huge surge of 218,724 Covid-19 cases and 48 deaths.
It comes as the UK is just the seventh country to pass the devastating landmark of 150,000 total deaths, following the USA, India, Brazil, Mexico, Russia and Peru.
Experts warn that although the latest wave appears to have peaked in London, cases are rising across the rest of England.
Epidemiologist Professor Dame Anne Johnson told Sky News today that there is “big variability” across the country – with cases rising in all parts of the country except the capital.
Although London may have passed its peak, she warned, we are “not seeing that elsewhere”.
So far, 25 NHS trusts have declared critical incidents, with bosses saying services were being overwhelmed by new patients.
Chris Hopson, chief executive of NHS Providers, said that health services are currently under “huge pressure”.
He wrote on Twitter : “Today’s peak is about expanding general and acute beds for large numbers of people with much milder disease symptoms.
“And there are significant numbers of people with incidental covid – in hospital WITH covid-19 as opposed to BECAUSE of it.
“But, remember, that to quote a senior NHS clinical leader this week “given the need to separate any patient with Covid-19 and the generally milder presentations, the actual operational consequences of incidental Covid-19 are effectively the same for hospitals as primary diagnosis Covid-19.”
A Government minister rubbished reports that free lateral flow tests were set to be scrapped for most Brits.
Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi said the UK had been a “behemoth” of Covid testing and he was “puzzled” by claims free tests could be restricted to high-risk settings such as care homes, hospitals and schools.
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