According to figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) Covid infections in England have now risen to their highest level since January of this year.
In the week ending 22 October some one in 50 people had the virus, which is the highest since 2 January, up from one in 55 the previous week.
The UK’s Health Security Agency confirmed on Friday that the England’s R rate has also risen to between 1.1 and 1.3, up from 1 and 1.2 this time last week.
Professor Jim Naismith, director of the Rosalind Franklin Institute, and professor of structural biology at the University of Oxford, warned the country is “running very hot.”
He added, “If England has peaked, then other numbers will start to fall. I certainly hope so, 1,000 people every day are ending up in hospital and 1,000 a week dying.
“We are running very ‘hot’.”
However, SAGE member Professor Neil Ferguson has said it’s “too early to say” whether the country has infact reached the peak.
He said,”Maybe because this week is half-term week, and so we know lots of people have gone on holiday, testing patterns are different than usual.
“We will have to wait probably at least another couple of weeks if not closer to three to be sure.”