It comes as Office for National Statistics estimated data has revealed the overall surge in cases means that one in 60 people in the England have had Covid over the past week
Covid cases are up 23% in a week as another 45,140 infections were recorded.
Last week, cases rose by over 35,700 – with days figures also showing deaths have increased by 57 in the last 24 hours.
Today’s rise is the largest since July 20th.
It comes as Office for National Statistics (ONS) estimated data has revealed the overall surge in cases means that one in 60 people in the England have had Covid over the past week, compared to one in 45 in Wales, one in 80 in Scotland and one in 120 in Northern Ireland.
In early January during the peak of the second wave there were around one in 50 people on average who had the virus over a week period.
The ONS said: “Data from the Coronavirus Infection Survey shows one million people across the UK had COVID-19 in the latest week, as infections rose across England and Wales, but fell in Scotland.”
Professor Tim Spector, lead scientist on the ZOE COVID Study app, comments on the latest data:
“The UK seems to be slowly waking up to the fact that COVID cases are too high, but the reality is they’ve been soaring for months and many countries have put us on their red list.
“Infections remain high in young people, and look to be spilling over into the 35-55 year olds. If these increases creep into the over 55s it could spell disaster for the NHS this winter.”
On Friday, Ipswich reported the highest rise in Covid cases in England with a jump of 46 per cent in the week to October 10 to 749.4 cases per 100,000 people – which is the fourth highest rate for a district.
That compared to a rate of 514.0 cases per 100,000 in the week to October 3.
Covid has returned to January levels with one million infections – and two groups are being hit worst.
Infections increased the most within school years 7-11 and the over 50s, according to Office of National Statistics.
This comes amid concerns jab rates among this age group are three times lower in England than Scotland.
The vaccination rate for those aged 12-15in England currently stands at 14.2% according to official data, compared with 44.3% in Scotland.