The number of new infections in Britain is close to 50,000

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

According to a report by 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 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, ie to impose restrictions, because the UK vaccination campaign has significantly weakened 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 hospitalizations due to 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.

Those included nightclubs, which opened for the first time this summer since the first national lockdown in March last year, during Britain’s coronary epidemic.

However, the government has maintained the possibility – known as “Plan B” – that, if justified by the epidemic data, some protection measures may be triggered again.

This might include rearranging masks at certain closed locations or making vaccination passes mandatory at nightclubs, for example.

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

According to data from the British Ministry of Health on Monday night, 85.9% of the population over the age of 12 received the first dose of coronavirus, 78.9% received the second dose, and the third booster dose was 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 in England have received a third dose of the vaccine so far.

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