Nearly 50,000 newly infected people in Britain

According to data on Monday, the number of new coronavirus infections in Britain has risen to nearly 50,000, a level not measured since mid-summer. However, a Downing Street spokesperson said the government had no plans to impose restrictions.

According to the British Ministry of Health on Monday night, 49,156 new infections were identified through screening across the country in the past 24 hours.

This is the highest daily number since July 17. On that day, 54,674 new cases of coronavirus were detected by laboratory tests.

In the week ending Monday night, 309,013 cases of coronavirus were tested. That is 43,079, up 16.2 percent from the number of new infections detected in the same period a week ago.

According to the ministry’s data on Monday, 45 people died of the COVID-19 disease caused by infection with the coronavirus across the country in the past 24 hours and 869 in the past week.

The number of deaths in the week was 89, 11.4 percent, higher than the number of deaths recorded in the one-week period ending last Monday.

But a spokesman for the Prime Minister’s Office in London said in a statement on Monday that

There are absolutely no plans to implement Action Plan B, i.e. to impose restrictions, as the UK vaccination campaign has succeeded in significantly weakening the link between new infections being checked daily and the number of deaths and serious illnesses requiring hospitalization.

A Downing Street spokesperson stressed that although the number of deaths and patients treated in hospital with Covid-19 has increased slightly, it is far from the same as the infection rate.

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In the second half of July, the British government also lifted the latest legal restrictions it had previously imposed to curb the spread of the coronavirus epidemic, allowing all facilities that had been closed until then due to anti-epidemic rules to open.

These included nightclubs, which opened for the first time this summer since the first national lockdown in March last year, during the UK’s coronavirus outbreak.

At the same time, the government maintained the possibility – known as “Plan B” – that if the epidemic data warranted, some protection measures could come into play again.

This may include re-requiring the wearing of masks in certain closed locations or making the submission of vaccination cards mandatory, for example, at nightclubs.

However, the government and health experts are confident that this will not be necessary due to mass vaccination now.

According to the UK Department of Health on Monday night, 85.9% of the population over the age of 12 had already received the first dose of coronavirus, 78.9% had received the second dose, and the third booster dose had been given for weeks. .

Nearly 95 million of the first and second doses have been given so far since the UK vaccination campaign began last December.

Currently, the third dose can be given to people over 50 years of age. There are 30 million in this age group; According to the latest figures, 3.7 million of them have received the third dose of the vaccination in England so far.

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