A further 36 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Warrington as the UK figures jumped by 4,422 – the highest rise in over four months.
Fears are now growing that daily infection rates could soon hit the figures seen in March and April if further action isn’t taken by the Government.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is facing increasing pressure to call a meeting of the government’s civil contingencies committee (COBRA) – which deals with national matters of emergency. It hasn’t met since May.
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said the prime minister “can’t afford to be slow”, while Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon added the meeting was vital “to seek as much coordination and alignment as possible”.
Millions of people are already living under local lockdown, with a local lockdown set to come into force in Warrington on Tuesday after a big spike in new cases during the past fortnight.
Meanwhile Conspiracy theorists clashed with police in central London earlier today during a protest against coronavirus lockdown measures.
Hundreds of protestors attended the rally in Trafalgar Square, some of whom became involved in “outbreaks of violence towards officers”, according to the Metropolitan Police.
Dozens of officers – including some on horseback – attempted to break up the protest, but were resisted by ranks of protesters who formed human blockades.
The total number of COVID-19 cases reported in Warrington is now 1,897 (903.3). The total number of confirmed deaths remains 155, the most recent being at Warrington Hospital last Monday, which was the first in three weeks.
The latest available figures from Warrington Hospital released on Thursday showed a jump in in-patient numbers from 3-15 in seven days, including two in intensive care.
Across the UK the daily number of COVID-19 associated UK deaths was 27, taking the total number of deaths to 41,759.
The daily number of lab-confirmed UK cases was 4,322, taking the total number to 385,936.
Across the country, there are 1,081 patients currently in hospital and 138 patients in ventilator beds.
To find out more about COVID-19 testing, and to book a test if you have symptoms, visit warrington.gov.uk/get-tested-coronavirus
For the latest COVID19 guidance for Warrington visit https://www.warrington.gov.uk/coronavirus-latest-guidance