Coronavirus: Hancock concern over ‘sharp rise’ in cases
A “sharp rise” in coronavirus cases in recent days in the UK is “concerning”, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said.
He told MPs that the increase had been across the whole country rather than in localised “hotspots”, but there was “no inevitability” of a second spike.
The government’s scientific advisers have given stark warnings, after 2,948 new UK cases were recorded on Monday.
Ministers have singled out young people in particular for not following social-distancing rules.
England’s chief medical officer, Prof Chris Whitty, said Covid-19 rates are now rising, especially amongst people aged between the ages of 17 and 29.
He warned that if people stopped social distancing then “Covid comes back”.
But another expert cited the government’s “confused messaging” and said it was unfair to blame the young.
On Sunday 2,988 new cases were announced – the highest figure since 22 May.
At the peak of the virus in spring official figures showed there were 6,000 cases a day, although testing was largely only taking place in hospitals.
Estimates suggest there were around 100,000 cases a day at that point.