The federal government has resisted calls to implement plan B. (PA)

The UK has recorded greater than 50,000 instances of COVID-19 for the primary time in months as massive areas of the nation report surges in infections.

On Thursday the federal government mentioned there had been an additional 52,009 lab-confirmed COIVD-19 instances within the UK, which is the very best variety of each day reported instances since 17 July.

The federal government additionally mentioned an additional 115 folks had died inside 28 days of testing optimistic for COVID-19 as of Thursday, bringing the UK complete to 139,146.

Separate figures revealed by the Workplace for Nationwide Statistics present there have now been 164,000 deaths registered within the UK the place COVID-19 was talked about on the dying certificates.

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Instances have been rising for days with the seven-day common up 18% in comparison with the earlier week.

Deaths and hospital admissions have additionally been rising however not on the similar pace.

Yesterday Well being Secretary Sajid Javid mentioned now was not the time to implement ‘Plan B’ in England which might see the return of social distancing and face masks.

On Thursday the NHS Confederation and the British Medical Affiliation (BMA) known as for ministers to activate their winter plan amid fears the well being service might be overwhelmed.

BMA council chair Dr Chaand Nagpaul mentioned the refusal to introduce supplementary measures – together with Covid passports, mask-wearing in crowded public areas and a return to working from house – amounted to “willful negligence”.

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A part of the explanation there was a lot concern over the rise in instances is the sluggish rollout of the booster jabs.

Though the UK bought off to a flying begin when it got here to the vaccination programme it has now fallen behind many different nations and isn’t hitting its targets for boosters.

Labour chief Sir Keir Starmer informed the federal government to “get a grip” and pace up its booster programme to regulate the unfold of coronavirus.

Throughout a go to to a pharmacy in central London, Sir Keir informed reporters: “The Authorities mentioned that the vaccine could be the safety wall in opposition to the virus. And now the Authorities is letting that wall crumble.

Cases have been rising for weeks. (PA)

Instances have been rising for weeks. (PA)

“We’ve seen people who most want it will not be capable of get the jab they want, solely I believe 17% of kids have gotten the vaccine and the booster programme has slowed down a lot that at this price, we’re not going to finish it till spring of subsequent 12 months.

“So the Authorities wants to vary, it must get a grip, I believe it must drive these numbers as much as at the very least 500,000 vaccines a day.”

The rise in instances has not been even throughout the UK, with numbers pretty low in London however excessive within the North of England, the Midlands and South Wales.

Simply over 80% of native authorities within the UK have seen their instances rise up to now week.

Blaenau Gwent in Wales has the very best price within the UK, with 825 new instances within the seven days to 17 October – the equal of 1,044 per 100,000 folks.

Cheltenham in Gloucestershire has the second-highest price, up from 148.2 to 1,141.0, with 1,324 new instances.

The highest 20 COVID hotspots at present are (figures in instances per 100,000):

  1. Blaenau Gwent 1,178

  2. Cheltenham 1,141

  3. Stroud 1080

  4. Bathtub and North East Somerset 1031

  5. Torfaen 988

  6. Tewkesbury 978

  7. Caerphilly 957

  8. Swindon 949

  9. Somerset West and Taunton 942

  10. Neath Port Talbot 922

  11. Mendip 907

  12. Wiltshire 864

  13. Vale of Glamorgan 851

  14. Ipswich 842

  15. West Berkshire 829

  16. Cardiff 821

  17. North Somerset 815

  18. Gosport 811

  19. Winchester 794

  20. South Gloucestershire 791