Case levels across the country are reaching highs not seen since the spike in January, which has led some health experts to call for a delay to the ending of lockdown measures. With that in mind, Express.co.uk is asking in today’s poll: “Should Freedom Day be postponed as Covid cases rocket across Britain?” Ahead of the country’s ‘Freedom Day’ on Monday, the UK reported the highest number of cases since January 15.
According to Government figures, 54,674 cases were reported today, while 55,761 were recorded on January 15.
Due to this, the UK’s seven-day average is now 32,170.9 as of July 7.
In terms of deaths, the UK has reported a further 41 within 28 days of a positive test result.
From the week ending July 10, this represents an increase of 47.9 percent.
Hospitalisations across the country have also risen with the UK recording 740 new admittances.
Over the last seven days, 4,313 hospitalisations were reported which is an increase of 1,219 over the previous week – a 39.4 percent rise.
Due to these high numbers, some doctors have claimed continuing with the relaxation of measures is “madness”.
Professor Christina Pagel, professor of operational research at University College London (UCL), claimed it is wrong to proceed as the case levels continue to surge.
“A report commissioned by Sir Patrick Vallance says that at peak, we’ll be getting 20,000 to 30,000 cases of new long Covid happening every single day.
“What are we doing to our young people, our children, our vulnerable? It’s just wrong.”
Dr Kit Yates, a senior lecturer in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Bath, added: “The idea of allowing the illness to spread throughout the population, to infect lots of young people who have not been given the best protection after young people have sacrificed so much for the older generation, is wrong and we are letting them down.
“The conversation should not be about is it right to go ahead, it’s how do we bring cases down?
“How do we stop this turning into a long-term health disaster?”