Coronavirus infections have risen by more than 20,000 for a second day in a row, as 20,479 people tested positive within 24 hours, according to the latest data published on Tuesday.
The country’s death toll has reached 128,126 after 23 people died wihin 28 days of testing positive for the killer virus.
In comparison to 27 deaths recorded on Tuesday last week, the number of deaths has fallen.
As many as 1,604 people have been admitted to hospital in the last week which was up by 10.7 per cent.
It comes after it emerged the quality of face masks healthcare workers wear makes a “huge” difference to their risk of infection.
Lead researcher Dr Mark Ferris, a specialist in occupational health at the hospital, said health professionals were still getting the virus.
FFP3 masks work because of its snug fit and special design to filter out aerosol.
“The only thing left to try that could make a difference was FFP3 respirators, and they did,” Dr Ferris told the BBC.
The study concluded: “Cases attributed to ward-based exposure fell significantly, with FFP3 respirators providing 31-100 per cent protection (and most likely 100 per cent) against infection from patients with Covid-19”.