In the UK, there has been a further increase in some cases. In the past 24 hours, 14,542 people tested positive for coronavirus.
The death toll has also increased by 76 – the highest increase in deaths in a day in more than three months, after recording 97 deaths on July 1 The mirror.
Extensive tests have been carried out in the past few weeks, but around 16,000 cases have been “lost” due to a spreadsheet error.
Public Health England admitted it missed 15,841 cases from their official numbers between September 25 and October 2. This means that the magnitude of the new crisis was grossly underestimated over the past week.
The error occurred when there were no more columns in a table in Excel.
Tens of thousands of people who should be told to self-isolate after coming into contact with an infected person are only now being made aware of this.
In some clusters, the disease was able to spread uncontrollably, so these positive cases now need to be followed up.
The UK has now suffered a total of 530,113 Covid-19 cases while the total death toll stands at 42,445.
Health officials this afternoon confirmed 50 deaths in England, two in Scotland, 10 in Wales and one in Northern Ireland.
The victims in England were between 42 and 96 years old, NHS England confirmed. There were four victims with no underlying health problems.
Almost half of the deaths in England’s hospitals have occurred in the North West.
Five new coronavirus deaths have been recorded in the Midlands.
One patient died at the University Hospitals NHS Trust in Birmingham, others in Nottingham, Derby, Leicester and the University Hospitals NHS Trust in the North Midlands.
The deaths were between October 1st and October 5th. Most were on or after October 3rd.
The news follows the dire prediction by TV doctor Dr. Hilary Jones that we should expect a “very unhappy” Christmas due to the recent surge in infections.
Speaking about ITV this morning, he said, “If we don’t get this under control, we’re going to have a very unhappy Christmas, because we will see more hospitalizations and serious consequences, not only in people with acute COVID-19 syndrome, but also in people with long-term coronavirus symptoms. “”
He added, “” And we’re seeing an increasing R-rate, positive cases increasing – from 0.5% to 2.7%. Several thousand people test positive every day – a huge increase. “