Covid-19: UK reports highest ever number of new daily cases

The UK has recorded its highest ever number of daily positive coronavirus tests, according to Public Health England data, which shows 6,634 new cases in the 24 hours to 24 September 2020.

The news comes on the same day as British Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, announced extensions and changes to the furlough scheme, to run through the winter, in an effort to save jobs impacted by stricter measures brought in in an effort to stem the tide on what looks like a clear “second wave” of the virus.

Britain suffered a great deal of deaths during a first wave, in April and May of this year, and had to endure a lengthy national lockdown in order to prevent their healthcare services from being overwhelmed by the sheer number of people requiring mechanical medical interventions.

Many thousands of people died in the UK of Covid-19 – a figure of between 41,862 (deaths within 28 days of positive test) and 65,000 (excess deaths over 5 year average) depending on the methodology used to assess this figure.

At present, hospitalisations and deaths in Britain are gradually increasing once more, in line with the pattern exhibited before. Similar patterns as are happening in France and Spain, at present. Cases take a number of days to develop into a more serious condition, in those who are affected. At present, the number of Covid-19 patients in hospital is rising, as is the number of British patients on mechanical ventilators.

The signs are, therefore, quite troubling, as Britain heads into autumn.

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Covid-19 is the official WHO name given to the novel coronavirus which broke out in late 2019 and began to spread in the early months of 2020.

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  • a high temperature (e.g. head feels warm to the touch)
  • shortness of breath (if this is abnormal for the individual, or increased)

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