UK reports highest number of daily COVID infections in a month as 199 deaths recorded

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The UK has recorded more than 46,000 cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours – the highest number in almost a month.

A total of 46,807 COVID cases were reported in the UK in the previous 24 hours, according to the government's website on Thursday.

It is the highest daily rate of infections since 22 October, when 49,298 people tested positive for COVID.

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Infections have risen in 83% of 377 local areas across the UK

A total of 277,261 coronavirus cases were reported in the past seven days – up by 35,058, the equivalent of a 14.5% rise.

Data published on Thursday also revealed that 199 people had died within 28 days of a positive test.

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In the past seven days 1,026 people have died, 112 less than the previous week, equating to a 9.8% drop.

Cases have increased in 314 (83%) of 377 local areas across the UK, the data showed.

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Torridge, Devon has seen the highest increase with 602 new cases in the week up to 14 November – the equivalent of 876.0 per 100,000 people, more than double the 433.7 the previous week.

It is followed by Mid Ulster in Northern Ireland, up from 421.6 to 783.5 per 100,000 with 1,167 new cases.

Third is Causeway Coast and Glens, also in Northern Ireland, which has recorded 1,122 new cases, up from 477.4 to 774.1 per 100,000.

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The rise in cases comes as 88.1% of the population, almost 51 million people, have had their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while more than 46 million, equating to 80.1% of the population, have also received their second jab.

A combined total of 13,879,311 have been given their booster or third dose of the jab – with the rollout moving at a "considerable pace", Jonathan Van-Tam, the government's deputy chief medical officer, said on Monday.

Professor Neil Ferguson, a member of the government's Scientific Advisory Committee on Emergencies (SAGE) said Britain is "unlikely" to experience a "catastrophic winter wave" of COVID cases that could lead to a Christmas lockdown – but warned: "We can't be complacent."

It comes as cases surge across Europe – with Germany considering restrictions for those that are unvaccinated, amid fears of a "really terrible Christmas".

Austria imposed a lockdown on unvaccinated citizens earlier this week.

And the Netherlands returned to a partial lockdown following a surge in infections, which sparked protests.

Those aged over 40 can now receive a booster jab

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Meanwhile new figures from the UK Health Security Agency (HSA) show a spike in COVID cases among school children in England – with 722.9 cases recorded per 100,000 pupils aged five to nine in the week up to 14 November, up from 484.5.

The rate for 10 to 19-year-olds is 694.2, up from 571.7 per 100,000, with the figures likely to reflect pupils returning to school after half-term, according to the HSA.

Cases across people aged 20 to 59 have increased, although the increase is smaller.

Meanwhile infections have dropped for people aged 60 and above.

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