The new figures come as more than 150 NHS trusts in England have witnessed a rise in Covid patients in hospital since Freedom Day, as the government reportedly weighs up a fresh lockdown
The UK has recorded 29,547 new Covid infections and 156 deaths in the last 24 hours.
Last Saturday the figures stood at 37,179 fresh infections and 120 fatalities which means deaths have risen by 30% in a week.
The figures come as the Prime Minister is expected to announce his plan for avoiding a full lockdown including the introduction of Covid jab boosters next week.
He is also expected to reveal that the biggest ever flu jab campaign will be rolled out at the same time.
Among contingency measures that could be deployed to avoid pubs and schools having to shut again are also reportedly offices closing again and a return of some social distancing rules.
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An official spokesman for Mr Johnson told the Guardian that the nation should be ready for the NHS to face a “difficult time” this winter.
Mask mandates are likely be one of the first measures reinstated should infection rates rise alarmingly.
Downing Street are said to see the move as preferable to reimposing social distancing rules because it has less of a direct impact on the economy, reports The Daily Telegraph.
Covid restriction laws are also being extended until next spring, meaning that fines could return for people who ignore orders to wear masks in certain settings.
Figures released this week show more than 150 NHS trusts in England have seen a rise in Covid patients in hospital since Freedom Day, as the government reportedly weighs up a fresh lockdown.
Analysis by The Mirror reveals that since July 19, when coronavirus restrictions were lifted, 154 trusts recorded an increase in the number of beds taken by people with the virus.
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Hospitals in Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester, Nottingham, London and Leicester are among those to have seen the sharpest rises.
Data released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) on Friday show Covid cases remain high across the UK as 1 in 70 people are testing positive in England.
A weekly ONS survey estimates around 754,600 people in England had coronavirus, which has not changed since the week to August 20.
At the peak of the second wave in early January, around 1 in 50 people in England had coronavirus.
In Scotland, covid cases have really surged to around 1 in 45 people, which equates to around 117,300 people.
Cases in the nation have more than doubled from the previous week, when cases were estimated to be around 1 in 140 people.
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