Daily Covid cases in the UK jump another 7% in a week to 40,941

The UK recorded 40,941 daily COVID-19 cases on Saturday, a seven percent decrease from last week’s cases, government data showed.

The numbers also showed 150 deaths within 28 days of a positive COVID-19 test – up from 157 seven days earlier – bringing the total number of deaths in the country to 143,866.

Separate figures released by the Office for National Statistics show that there have been 168,000 registered deaths in the UK with a mention of Covid-19 on the death certificate.

The UK recorded 40,941 daily COVID-19 cases on Saturday, down from a day earlier when 44,242 cases were recorded, government data showed. Pictured: Shoppers walk past a message on a hand sanitization station amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in Regent Street, London, Britain, Nov. 20, 2021

The numbers were released after a SAGE consultant moved to reassure the British that the UK will not see an increase in Covid-19 cases such as Austria and Germany.

But Professor John Edmunds said opposition to severe restrictions on the continent had shown the importance of booster jabs, warning, “It’s pretty clear immunity is on the wane”.

“What you see now in Central Europe with this rapid increase in cases, you see the importance of vaccinations,” Edmunds told Sky.

He added: “To be honest we have had high infection rates here in the UK for many months, so we are in a slightly different position than Austria and Germany and so on.

“I don’t think things will be quite the same here as they are there. But it’s a warning to us. I think it’s pretty clear that immunity is wearing off.

“I’m sure you still have some protection from the vaccine, but it’s nowhere near as strong as it was shortly after the vaccine. It is very clear that the booster doses give your immune system a very clear boost. ‘

When asked whether the government should reintroduce control measures, Mr Edmunds told Sky: “We could have implemented the measures of Plan B at any time. It is a government decision to take this step.

“You need to examine the potential effectiveness and compare that to the potential cost of some of these things.”

The World Health Organization (WHO) said it was “very concerned” about the spread of Covid-19 in Europe as the continent battles a new wave of infections.

Regional Director Dr. Hans Kluge told the BBC that there could be about 500,000 more deaths by March if urgent action is not taken.

But Mr Edmunds said the UK was unlikely to be affected by the Christmas chaos as the country was “in a slightly different position”.

Pictured: Protesters take part in a protest against Covid certification in Belfast city center on Saturday 20th November 2021

Saturday’s demonstration in Vienna (pictured) is the latest growing anger over restrictions amid rising cases across the continent

The UK government has repeatedly rejected calls to implement its Plan B, which envisages measures similar to Ireland. But Boris Johnson has admitted that a full lockdown is yet to come if the cases increase.

This is happening amid a new wave of Covid infections across the continent that has put nations back under draconian restrictions and could lead to yet another spike in the number of deaths.

Italy is considering a lockdown on the unvaccinated, announced yesterday, making it the last country to impose the controversial intervention after Austria announced the lockdown would return on Monday.

And the new German government has declared that it will forbid unvaccinated people to go to work and travel by public transport, while Angela Merkel cites “dramatic” infection rates. The Netherlands has also put a 7pm curfew on pubs and restaurants as cases are rising there.

Both Austria and the Czech Republic announced the return of lockdowns from Monday, with Germany poised to follow suit after health officials warned they couldn’t rule out a full shutdown.

In the meantime, Slovakia intends to put in place tougher restrictions if the current lockdown on unvaccinated people doesn’t stem the rise in cases.

The reintroduction of restrictions across Europe has sparked a violent backlash and feverish protests broke out overnight in cities like Rotterdam, where riot police fired warning shots and injured protesters who marched against the Covid measures.

Today tens of thousands of demonstrators gathered in Vienna with the far-right opposition Freedom Party, who called for the protest and vowed to fight the new restrictions.

Demonstrations against virus measures are also expected in other European countries such as Switzerland, Croatia and Italy.

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