The UK’s hospital death toll from coronavirus rose 5 today with new cases rising across the country.
3,497 new Covid-19 infections occurred across the UK on Saturday with cases likely to rise again when official data is released later today.
All five patient deaths occurred in hospitals in England, with Wales and Scotland reporting no new deaths. Northern Ireland also reported no new deaths.
A total of 244 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in Scotland in the past 24 hours – the highest daily figure since May 6. The number of cases in Wales increased by 162 while Northern Ireland reported 87 positive tests.
Hospital admissions and hospital deaths remained low despite the sudden increase in coronavirus cases.
There were 8 patient deaths in UK hospitals yesterday.
All deaths occurred in England, and none were reported in Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland, although Scotland had the highest increase in new cases since May.
It comes amid warnings that the UK needs to act swiftly to stop coronavirus cases growing out of control, with a potentially “dangerous” delay of even a few days, according to an academic advising the government.
Peter Openshaw, a professor of experimental medicine at Imperial College London, said a “trickle” of cases can turn into a “cascade”, adding that if people do not abide by the “rule of six”, now the country will have to face. the return to “hard lockdown”.
His comments come as concerns grow over an increase in Covid-19 cases in nursing homes, prompting the government to send a warning to healthcare professionals to highlight rising rates and to call for action.
The letter, sent on Friday, urges caregivers to “take necessary action to prevent and limit outbreaks,” noting that there has been an increase in notifications of coronavirus cases in nursing homes over the past three days.
The government’s new rule of six may seem “a little irrational” at times, but the alternative could be a broader blockade, a leading scientist said.
From Monday it will be illegal for people in England to meet in groups of more than six, inside or out.
Fines can be imposed on anyone caught breaking the rules, starting at £ 100, but which could go up to £ 3,200.
Professor Peter Openshaw, a professor of experimental medicine at Imperial College London and a government advisor on respiratory viruses said the rule “seems somewhat irrational in some details and I can appreciate that.”
However, he added: “I fear it will cause pain and suffering for all of us to go back to some degree of blockage, but I fear that if we don’t now we will be back into rigid block.
When asked further about what he meant by “irrational,” Prof Openshaw explained to Sky’s Sophy Ridge On Sunday program: “I think people have complained extensively that you can continue to do things like group exercise, play sports. and get together for special events, but you can’t have your grandmother and grandfather come to your house if you are a family of five.
“Inevitably it will create those difficulties that are difficult to explain.”