Britain has announced 1,735 new coronavirus cases in the biggest daily spike in three months. The last time daily infections were higher was on June 4, when 1,805 were diagnosed with the disease and the majority of tough lockdown restrictions were still in force. The seven-day rolling case average is now 1,435, up by a quarter (26 per cent) in a week. Scotland is now also seeing new cases breach 100 every day, for the first time since May. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon revealed today the country’s reproduction rate could be as high as 1.4, after months of it being safely underneath 1. The R rate – which represents the average number of people each Covid-19 patient infects – needs to stay below one or it could spiral uncontrollably. For Britain as a whole, the R is thought to be hovering around the danger zone of 1 and SAGE is no longer confident is definitely below that number. Despite cases being on the climb since July, scientists have emphasised that it is not the sign of a second wave and that they had always expected case diagnoses to increase as lockdown measures were lifted and the testing system got better. Experts tell… Read full this story
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