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UK battles big spike in new Covid-19 cases, but deaths remain low

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The UK has reported 12,872 new Covid-19 cases on Saturday, and 7,070 this morning. The Saturday report of Friday’s new cases were a record daily addition of new cases for the country, taking the overall total since the start of the pandemic to 480,017. The British government is blaming the jump on a “reporting delay” and saying the numbers in coming days would include additional cases.

The UK’s current 2nd wave of Covid-19 cases exceeds the daily reported cases from the 1st wave. On a positive note, the number of deaths remains relatively low – between 35 and 60 per day over the past week – in comparison to the 1,000+ deaths per day at the heat of the 1st wave back in April this year. The UK appears to be in the middle of a 2nd wave although the number of daily new cases may be starting to level off.

The government’s website had been having problems. A “technical issue” caused a delay in the release of the numbers. But it means extra cases in England from the previous period between September 24 and October 1 will be added to the coming days’ tallies. The issue has since been resolved.

But the technical issue is being seized on by critics who say the government has “lost control of the virus amid a shortage of testing capacity”. The British government is now processing more than 200,000 Covid-19 tests a day compared with fewer than 100,000 at the start of the pandemic.

UK battles big spike in new Covid-19 cases, but deaths remain low | News by Thaiger

At 12,872, the number of daily cases reported from Friday’s 24 hour period almost doubled from the 6,968 reported on Thursday.

The countries with the highest number of new cases in the past 24 hours, according to Worldometers.info, are…

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    Jason V Goodwin

    Sunday, October 4, 2020 at 9:52 am

    Yes deaths remain low mostly because there is a time lag of roughly 5 weeks on average for covid to kill. We will know after one month.

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    Issan John

    Sunday, October 4, 2020 at 11:30 am

    “On a positive note, the number of deaths remains extremely low – between 35 and 60 per day over the past week”

    Wow. That is good. “extremely low” – at only 60 a day that’s on a par with Thailand.

    … Oh … Thailand’s 59 deaths, from a similar-sized population, are for the entire year so far, with one since June … oh dear …

    Still, at least “in comparison to the 1,000+ deaths per day at the heat of the 1st wave back in April this year” it’s a resounding success …

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    James

    Sunday, October 4, 2020 at 8:03 pm

    I wish the uneducated people from the Northern parts of England would follow the rules like the rest of us and stay away from large house parties and large groups as they are spoiling it for the rest of us.

    We should do a Donald Trump and build high walls around their cities in order to keep them away from the rest of us and so if they wish to die of the virus they could do so without affecting us.

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      Issan John

      Monday, October 5, 2020 at 1:20 pm

      !!!???

      Even if true, wouldn’t a better answer be to educate the “uneducated”?

      … and if 60 deaths a day is “low”, thank God I’m here where it’s 59 so far this year, with only one since June.

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        James

        Monday, October 5, 2020 at 9:58 pm

        Issan (Laos) John

        Who said 60 deaths a day is low?

        I was in Phuket from January until the end of August this year, there is no way there are only 59 deaths in Thailand so far this year. Only a fool would believe that.

        I saw how busy the shops were, the supermarkets too and how people did wear masks but were crowded together and bumping into each other as happens there.

        Still, sixty people a day are dying in Thailand on the roads, simple education there regarding crash helmets and perhaps having a higher level driving test for cars and motorbikes instead of the current driving test a five-year-old kid could pass might help.

        The road deaths are every year not just once as with the virus.

        Road deaths UK are 5 per day and our roads are a lot busier than Thai roads.

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          Issan John

          Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at 10:03 am

          “I was in Phuket from January until the end of August this year, there is no way there are only 59 deaths in Thailand so far this year. Only a fool would believe that.”

          What evidence do you have to support that?

          Did you see significantly higher numbers dying of Covid-19 in Phuket?

          Or are you just assuming that because the UK has done so appallingly badly handling the Covid crisis that it’s inconceivable that Thailand could do so much better?

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          Issan John

          Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at 10:11 am

          I couldn’t agree with you more about the state of driving in Thailand, but that hardly either excuses the UK’s poor performance with Covid or detracts from Thailand (and many Asean countries’) far better performance.

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            James

            Sunday, October 11, 2020 at 10:26 pm

            Laos John

            If you are stupid enough to believe the statistics a military-run government is giving you then you are indeed in the right country.

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    Issan John

    Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at 9:52 am

    “Who said 60 deaths a day is low?”

    The article, although it’s been changed from “extremely low” to “relatively low”:

    “On a positive note, the number of deaths remains relatively low – between 35 and 60 per day over the past week …”

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