40,954 Covid cases and 263 deaths were recorded in the UK yesterday, reports the Mirror – the highest daily Covid figure since 487 lives were claimed on March 3.
The latest figures, released by the Department of Health, also show that around 6,730 patients were admitted to UK hospitals with Covid last week – a 20.1% increase on the previous week.
But figures show that at least 6.1 million booster doses of Covid-19 vaccine have been delivered in the UK. These booster shots are part of the government’s plans to protect the public, delivered with the hope that fewer people who have had both shocks will die or need hospital treatment.
Still, there is pressure on the government to do more – namely to implement Covid ‘Plan B’ in the UK to combat rising cases. This plan could see mandatory masks for places like shops and public transportation – and fines from the police.
The government will also “issue clear guidance and communication to the public and companies outlining the steps they should take to address the increased risks of the virus”, and “would consider asking people to work from home if they can, for a limited period ”.
In the meantime, some venues would be forced to ask players for an NHS Covid passport – and only the vaccine portion would be valid. People would no longer be able to show a negative test. A consultation is underway on which venues should roll out the scheme.
But in draft plans, they include all nightclubs and other places that open after 6 p.m. 1 with alcohol, music and dance.
But Health Minister Sajid Javid has said he wants to stick to Plan A and does not want to “see another lockdown”.
Plan A does not involve any further restrictions being introduced during the winter months, which means there is no limit to how many people you can meet and pubs and restaurants will not be closed.
The level of restriction implemented with Plan B would come with a conspicuous price tag for business, according to the recent document, which suggests the scheme will cost £ 800 million a week.
The leaked government document claims that the British government’s plan B for England would cost the economy between £ 11 billion. and £ 18 billion if it lasted between now and March 2022.
The government did not deny that the document was genuine, but a spokesman said: “The assumptions made here are untrue and do not reflect government policy.”
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