28 Jul COVID-19: UK records 27,734 new coronavirus cases and 91 more deaths | Breaking News News
The number of new COVID-19 cases recorded in the UK has risen after seven consecutive days of falls, according to government data.
The country has reported 27,734 new infections and 91 more coronavirus-related deaths in the latest 24-hour period.
The figures compare with 23,511 cases and 131 deaths announced yesterday, while 44,104 cases and 73 deaths were recorded this time last week.
Since the pandemic began, a total of 129,430 people have died in the UK within 28 days of a positive COVID test.
Also, 35,446 people had their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine yesterday, taking the total to 46,689,242.
And 151,851 had their second jab, meaning 37,610,911 are now fully inoculated.
It comes as Boris Johnson stressed the need for caution despite recent falls in the number of cases.
The prime minister said recent data showing a drop in cases was “encouraging” but warned the virus “still presents a significant risk”.
He made the remarks after a senior minister told the Daily Mail that COVID is “all over bar the shouting”.
However, Mike Tildesley, who sits on the scientific advisory body Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Modelling (SPI-M), said that it was not yet clear whether the third wave was turning around.
Dr Tildesley, professor of infectious disease modelling at the University of Warwick, said a recent fall in infections could be attributable to people being less willing to “step up” and get tested ahead of their summer holidays.
Asked about the prospect of looking back on the pandemic in October, the Prime Minister told LBC Radio: “We’ve seen some encouraging recent data, there’s no question about that, but it is far, far too early to draw any general conclusions.”
He added: “The most important thing is for people to recognise that the current situation still calls for a lot of caution and for people just to remember that the virus is still out there, that a lot of people have got it, it still presents a significant risk.”
And asked whether it was certain that fully vaccinated people would be able to escape having to self-isolate from next month if they come into contact with a positive coronavirus case, Mr Johnson said: “August 16 is nailed on – there has never been any question of a review date for August 16.
“I’m very pleased that this is a country that now has the highest proportion of vaccinated adults of any country in the world – that is enabling us to make the economic progress we are.”
Meanwhile, Dr Tildesley said he hoped that some sort of normality could resume in the autumn.
Asked about the decline in case numbers, he told Times Radio: “Because schools in England closed last week, we haven’t got secondary school pupils doing regular lateral flow testing and so we’re not necessarily detecting as many cases in younger people.
“It’s also been suggested by some that, possibly, because of a high number of cases, because of the summer holidays approaching, people might be less willing to ‘step up’ to testing when they have symptoms.
“What we really need to do is monitor hospital admissions, because at the moment of course they’re still going up – now, of course there is a lag when cases go down, it always takes a couple of weeks before hospital admissions turn around – but if we start to see as we get into August, if we start to see hospital admissions going down as well then I think we would have much stronger evidence to suggest that this third wave is starting to turn around.”