COVID briefing: Infections see rapid rise in all age groups

COVID briefing: Infections see rapid rise in all age groups

Sir Patrick Vallance has warned that the UK could see 49,000 daily new cases by mid-October if coronavirus infections continue to double every seven days.

He warned that this would lead to "200-plus deaths a day" by mid-November.

It is now estimated that roughly 70,000 people in the UK have Covid infection and this is currently increasing by around 6,000 per day."

Professor Chris Whitty joined Sir Patrick today's briefing, which aimed to set out potential scenarios as cases in the UK continue to rise.

At present, the number of coronavirus cases are doubling every seven to eight days. Whitty said: "We're seeing a rate of increase across the great majority of the country,"

Approximately three million people (8%) in the UK have antibodies, meaning the vast majority of not protected and are susceptible to the disease, although it is estimated that this figure is higher in the cities - perhaps as high as 17% in London.

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