As cases in the UK continue to rise to peak pandemic levels, Public Health England has expressed their concern over the increase in positive tests for the elderly. Today, the UK recorded 3,539 new cases in the last 24 hours. That daily increase would represent the biggest rise in cases since May 17.
Yvonne Doyle, Medical Director at Public Health England said: “Although younger people continue to make up the greatest share of new cases, we’re now starting to see worrying signs of infections occurring in the elderly, who are at far higher risk of getting seriously ill.
“This is a reminder of the ongoing risk as the virus spreads throughout the UK.
“People should continue to follow social distancing rules, wash their hands regularly and wear a face covering in enclosed spaces.
“You should not mix with others when unwell.”
Coronavirus figures spark fear
Coronavirus: The R-rate has also risen
While cases rose to a four-month high, just six deaths were recorded taking the total to 41,614.
This comes, however, ahead of the introduction of the ‘rule of six’ law on Monday.
Under this restriction, the public will be limited to meeting in groups of up to six.
The Prime Minister introduced this as the infection rate in England has risen rapidly.
Coronavirus: UK case numbers
According to the Government’s latest statistics, the R-rate across England is estimated between 1-1.2.
Previously, health officials have stated this number must remain below one.
The R-rate states the level of secondary infection within the country.
NHS England stated the infection rate is at it’s highest in the north-west and London where it is estimated between 1-1.3.
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Coronavirus: There are increased fears over the elderly
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Measures have been tightened in Birmingham following a spike in cases.
Aside from Bolton, the city now has the second-highest infection rate in England.
According to NHS England, Birmingham has an infection rate of 78.2 per 100,000.
A ban is now enforced for anyone seeing people from outside their household.
Coronavirus: Birmingham lockdown
Merseyside has also been placed on the coronavirus watchlist.
Bolton too had restrictions tightened on September 8 while Leeds and Middlesbrough were added as areas of concern.
Coronavirus: Bolton has tightened restrictions
If cases across the country continue to rise, the Government has not ruled out enforcing further restrictions.
Source:Daily Express :: UK Feed