A record number of people in the UK have tested positive for Covid for the third day in a row, smashing yesterday’s numbers by just under 6,000 cases.
The British Health Security Agency (UKHSA) confirmed on Thursday (December 30) that from kl. 9 in the morning, a further 189,213 were laboratory-confirmed Covid-19 cases.
According to the PA, the total includes reported figures for Wales covering a two-day period.
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On Wednesday (December 29), the total number of people tested positive was 183,037 and on Tuesday (December 28) the number was 138,831.
In London, the UKHSA confirmed that the number of people testing positive for Covid was 24,320, which is lower than some of the days leading up to Christmas.
However, as the festive season causes problems around the number of people being tested and some people are unable to take a PCR after a positive result with a lateral flow, the full picture of cases in the country is still unclear.
The government also said a further 332 people had died within 28 days of being tested positive for the virus.
The figure was much higher than usual because it includes a backlog of hospital deaths reported by NHS England covering the period December 24-29.
Separate figures published by the Office for National Statistics show that 174,000 deaths have now been recorded in the UK, with Covid mentioned on the death certificate.
New data released by NHS England on Thursday also revealed that there are currently 3,477 people in London hospitals with Covid.
According to the PA, this is the highest number of Covid patients since February 16 after the country’s second wave of the disease.
The latest figures released on Thursday showed that there was a 66 percent increase week after week based on the number of patients in the hospital on December 30th.
In England, a total of 11,452 people were hospitalized in England with Covid-19 from 6 p.m. 8 in the morning of December 30, according to figures from NHS England.
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This is a 61 percent increase from a week earlier and is the highest number since February 26 for the entire nation.
During the second wave of coronavirus, the number peaked at 34,336 on 18 January and in London, the second wave peak for London was 7,917 on 18 January.
In the capital, 456 admissions were reported on December 28, an increase of 49 percent week-on-week and the highest number since January 28.
Admissions during the second wave reached 977 on 6 January in London.
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