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Highest daily infections in THREE MONTHS: Covid cases soar by 30% to 45,140 as winter draws in

Highest daily infections in THREE MONTHS: Covid cases soar by 30% to 45,140 as winter draws in… but deaths drop 61% to 57 in space of a week

  • Officials at the Department for Health have confirmed there has been 45,140 new Covid cases recorded today
  • This marks increase of 30 % and there has also been 57 more deaths as of today bringing the total to 138,590
  • It comes as the Mail on Sunday revealed ministers plan to launch walk-in vaccine clinics for schoolchildren

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Britain’s Covid crisis grew again today as health bosses recorded a total of 45,140 new cases – the highest daily total since the middle of July.

The latest statistics from the Department for Health mark an increase of 30 per cent in the number of cases from last week while deaths have fallen by 61 per cent – with 57 additional deaths recorded down from 148 last week. 

And hospitalisations also spiked by 12 per cent to 915 on Tuesday, the latest date data is available for. It was the highest daily admissions since September 15, when they reached 946. 

It comes as it was revealed ministers are planning to unveil walk-in vaccine clinics for schoolchildren within weeks in an effort to speed up the jabs rollout. 

The Mail on Sunday reported that ministers are planning to launch the scheme for 12-to- 15-year-olds shortly amid concerns that the Government has been far too slow in rolling out the vaccination programme in schools. 

Sources also claim the new clinics are an attempt to keep anti-vaxxers away from the school gates.

Last night, there were fresh calls to speed up the vaccination of teenagers after an analysis of official figures by The Mail on Sunday found almost half of new Covid cases in England are now in the under-20s.

When schools went back early last month, 33 per cent of new cases were in that age group.

But by the second week of this month, the proportion had grown to 46 per cent. Teenagers now make up the lion’s share of infections in the under-20s.

Because cases have been rising, in absolute terms the number of new infections in under-20s is not far off having doubled since early September, rising from about 9,000 to almost 15,500 a day.

According to data released on Saturday, more than 3.3 million booster jabs have been administered in England. Across the UK, 49.4 million people have had their first Covid jab – the equivalent of 85.9 per cent of the over-12s. More than 45.3 million have had two doses.

Some 43,423 daily cases of Covid were recorded yesterday, up by 12.8 per cent over seven days, and there were 148 deaths within 28 days of a positive test – a 5.4 per cent rise in a week.

Meanwhile, yesterday it emerged the sister company of the under-fire lab that wrongly told 43,000 they were Covid-free is being probed because of travel test complaints.

Testing operations at Immensa Health Clinic Ltd’s laboratory in Wolverhampton have been suspended because of the faulty tests.

And it has been revealed its sister company Dante Labs is now also being investigated by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) over concerns it may be treating customers unfairly.

Map shows: The week-on-week percentage change in positive tests in regions across England

Map shows: The week-on-week percentage change in positive tests in regions across England

This included by not delivering PCR tests and results on time or at all, failing to respond to complaints or provide proper customer service, refusing or delaying refunds when requested and using terms and conditions which may unfairly limit consumers’ rights.

The CSA said Dante was ‘a popular provider of PCR travel tests in the UK this summer’.

A negative PCR means people will not have needed to isolate and could potentially have spread the infection to many other people.

The errors at Immensa relate to test results given to people between September 8 and October 12, mainly in the South West of England, but with some cases in the South East and Wales.

There are no technical issues with test kits themselves and people should continue to test as normal, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said.

It said a full investigation is being carried out into why and how incorrect results were given.

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