Health Secretary Matt Hancock has warned that the surge in coronavirus cases and the rise in people being admitted to hospital is a “very serious problem.”
On Tuesday government data recorded that the UK had 14,542 new coronavirus cases, which was a surge of almost 2,000 compared to Monday which recorded 12,594.
With 28 days of a coronavirus testing positive, there has been a further 76 deaths.
Speaking at the Confederation of British Industry webinar, Hancock said, that over the last week there has been a sharp rise in “hospitalisation rates.”
He warned that “we have got a very serious problem on our hands.”
The Health Secretary said, “It is a challenge, and everybody will have seen, from the rising case rates and unfortunately the rising hospitalisation rates which have risen really quite sharply in the last week or so, that we have got a very serious problem on our hands.”
He added, “The challenge is how to deal with this second peak in a way that has as little damage as possible.
“Thankfully we know far more about it than first time around.”