Increase in Positive Covid Test Results Once Again Not Matched by Increase in Covid Deaths

An increase in the number of recorded positive Covid tests in the past seven days has not been matched by a corresponding increase in the number of recorded Covid deaths – so why aren’t we unlocking on Monday? The MailOnline has the story.

A further 24,885 people tested positive for coronavirus [on Saturday], up from 18,270 last Saturday and the sixth day in a row the daily figure has surged above 20,000.

But the 18 deaths recorded in the last 24 hours marks a drop of 21.7% on the 23 recorded on this day last week.

It is a positive sign that jabs are keeping the number of serious cases small.

The latest data shows there were 358 people admitted to hospital with the virus on June 29th – up 54% on the last week [but starting from a low figure]. 

Despite the rise, current levels are a fraction of the number of people in hospital the last time infections were this high at the end of the second wave. 

Meanwhile, fully-vaccinated Britons are expected to be free to live as normal after coming into contact with a coronavirus sufferer within weeks. …

Dr Bharat Pankhania, a Senior Clinical Lecturer in Communicable Diseases at the University of Exeter’s medical school, said he thought it was “perfectly OK” for people who had received two doses of a coronavirus vaccine to be exempt from quarantine measures.

Dr Pankhania told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “The gold standard would be to be cautious even if you have been immunised twice – in other words, fully immunised.

“However, as a measured action going forward I think it is okay and my reasons are as follows: an immunised person is less infectious and furthermore the testing of people who are in quarantine isolating is pretty inaccurate, so balancing both, I think it is perfectly okay.”

Asked whether he thought vaccines had broken the link between infections, hospital admissions and death, Dr Pankhania said: “You are absolutely right in that we are now noticing that while the case numbers have gone up, a proportionate similar rise in the number of hospitalisations and deaths has not occurred and therefore we feel that the vaccines are working and they are working really well at preventing people from entering ICU, ventilators and death.

“Therefore, having uncoupled that, we can start thinking about other uncoupling measures as well, such as no need to quarantine after being fully immunised.”

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