Covid cases today hit a three-month high and hospital admissions rose again – but deaths fell.
The health ministry’s daily update found 42,776 positive tests across the country in the past 24 hours, up seven percent from the previous week.
The figure is the highest since July 21, when 44,104 infections were reported and marks the eighth day in a row of rising cases.
Meanwhile, hospital admissions rose 10.4 percent week-over-week to 754, while deaths fell five percent to 136.
Both measures are a few weeks behind the number of cases, due to the time it takes a person to become seriously unwell after contracting the virus.
It comes amid growing fears the fourth wave is just around the corner, with infections now popping up in every age group.
England registered 36,458 new infections, 2,581 cases were confirmed in Scotland, 2,266 were spotted in Wales and 1,471 in Northern Ireland.
More chaos for holidaymakers after NHS Covid vaccine pass app crashed for four hours
The NHS app today did not allow anyone to see their Covid vaccine cards for more than four hours, preventing holidaymakers from boarding flights.
In even more travel chaos, the controversial software — which allows people to prove their vaccination status — failed to display QR code passes due to “high traffic volumes.”
Users of the app started having problems before noon and the health department said they were investigating the issue. Shortly after 4:10 PM, the app started working again.
Meanwhile, desperate people traveling abroad claim they’ve had to miss their flight.
One person claimed he was “stuck” in Greece because he was not allowed to board a trip back to England from Greece without the QR code. Another Brit currently in Naples said he wasn’t even able to ‘go for ap*** because the app is broken’.
Others worry about their upcoming vacation plans, not being able to fill out passenger tracking forms for flights today and tomorrow.
The app problems are the latest in a series of issues travelers will face this summer, with queues of up to four hours building up to Heathrow arrivals last week due to e-gates crashing at the airport.
Ministers rolled out the UK’s new simplified travel system last Monday, replacing traffic light rules with a single go/no go system.
Fully vaccinated travelers returning from a country that is not on the red list are not required to take a pre-departure test and are exempt from quarantine, but they do need to take a day two test.
Infections south of the border are on the rise in the UK, with cases in England reaching the highest level since July 21, when 39,504 cases were registered.
The latest wave in the country peaked at about 50,000 in mid-July before leveling off. But the infection rate seems to be rising again.
Meanwhile, the number of positive tests in Scotland and Wales appears to be declining in Scotland and Wales and remains the same in Northern Ireland.
And on October 8, the last date the numbers are available, infection rates rose week by week in every age group.
MailOnline’s analysis of official figures for England shows that the number of cases is rising fastest among 60- to 80-year-olds.
And among 10- to 14-year-olds, the number of infections increased by 0.6 percent, the cohort with the highest number of infections.
About 1,494 children in that group tested positive per 100,000 on any day in the week through October 1.
Less than half that number test positive in the second most infected group. Per 100,000, about 670 young people aged 15 to 19 tested positive.
Some 8.2 million positive tests have been registered across the UK since the start of the pandemic. But the real infection rate is many millions higher, due to the limited testing capacity at the start of the crisis and not everyone who contract the virus reports for a test.
Sir Patrick Vallance, Chief Scientific Officer of No10, said earlier this week that cases in the UK are “basically flat”, showing that there is a “balance” between immunity and the number of contacts people have.
But he warned that numbers can move “one way or the other,” so if everyone starts making twice as many contacts, the infections will “mount pretty quickly.”
So it’s a “balancing act” with people’s behavior and keeping immunity high, he said. The UK is “not out of the woods,” Sir Patrick added.
About 49.2 million first doses of the vaccine have been distributed and 45.2 million second doses have been administered. The figures correspond to 85.6 percent of the over 12s having at least one shot and 78.7 percent being fully vaccinated.
But the Ministry of Health is not yet publishing daily figures on the number of Britons coming forward for booster shots.
Third doses for people over 50, health professionals and those with underlying health conditions are an important part of the government’s strategy to contain the pandemic this winter.
ENGLAND: 36,458 positive tests recorded daily – the highest number since July 21, when 39,504 cases were recorded
SCOTLAND: 2,581 infections reported last day, as the infections seem to get out of hand. Scotland had a month-long drop in rates after a spike sparked by students returning to classrooms
WALES: registered 2,266 new infections and infections appear to be relatively flat in the country
NORTHERN IRELAND: Another 1,471 cases posted in the last 24 hours. Infections have remained the same in the country all summer