The latest’s figures show that the UK has recorded a further 49,130 new Covid cases and a 21.1% rise in deaths in a week as a further 179 people have died.
There has been a total of 320,594 cases thus far this week, which is an increase of 17.2%.
This morning the NHS urged the government to immediately enforce their Plan B for and bring back restrictions to prevent a “winter crisis.”
Matthew Taylor, chief executive of the NHS Confederation has called on the government to start a back up strategy which includes the mandatory order to wear face masks, to prevent the UK from “stumbling to a winter crisis.”
Taylor warned that the NHS are preparing for what could be “the most challenging winter on record.”
He is urging the public to provide support for the NHS by “behaving in ways that will keep themselves and others safe.”
“Also, health leaders need to understand what a ‘Plan C’ would entail if these measures are insufficient.
“The government should not wait for Covid infections to rocket and for NHS pressures to be sky high before the panic alarm is sounded.”