UK records 40,701 more Covid cases in highest number in a month

·2-min read
 (Getty Images)
(Getty Images)

The UK reported 40,701 more Covid cases in the biggest number in a month on Thursday.

It marked the highest number of new coronavirus infections since September 6.

A further 122 people died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Thursday bringing the UK total to 137,417, the Government said.

Separate figures published by the Office for National Statistics show there have been 160,824 deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

As of 9am on Thursday, there had been a further 40,701 lab-confirmed Covid-19 cases in the UK, the Government said.

The 122 deaths were among 755 in the past seven days.

Government data up to October 7 shows that of the 94,147,234 Covid jabs given in the UK, 49,068,705 were first doses, a rise of 32,828 on the previous day.

Some 45,078,529 were second doses, an increase of 28,576.

The figures came as it was announced mask-wearing for pupils could return to schools under contingency plans to keep coronavirus at bay in the classroom over winter.

Pupils wear protective face masks at Outwood Academy Adwick in Doncaster (PA) (PA Archive)
Pupils wear protective face masks at Outwood Academy Adwick in Doncaster (PA) (PA Archive)

Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi said he did not want to see the return of bubbles, where whole classes or year groups could be sent home after a positive Covid test.

But he said that it was right to have plans in place to tackle the pandemic in schools.

Mr Zahawi also defended the slow rollout of carbon dioxide monitors which were first promised by the Department for Education in August.

Speaking to Sky News, Mr Zahawi said he was concerned about the impact Covid-19 measures had on attendance.

He said: “The good news is that – and thanks to the brilliant teachers and support staff and parents and children – 99 per cent of schools are open.

“Attendance has gone up, the last set of figures I looked at was about 90 per cent, which obviously will fluctuate depending on infection rates.

“But my priority is to protect education, keep those schools open.”

The DfE announced in August that 300,000 carbon dioxide monitors to help staff tackle poor ventilation and reduce the spread of Covid-19 would be rolled out across all state-funded education settings from September.

Read More

Costly day two PCR tests ditched before half term break

Flu deaths could reach 60,000 this winter, experts warn

WHO sets out global Covid vaccine targets amid fears of new variants

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting