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Is Britain's coronavirus outbreak taking off again? Infections are up 48% in a week

Added 09-25-20 01:36:03pm EST - “EXCLUSIVE: Today saw another 6,874 Covid-19 cases recorded, meaning the seven-day rolling average (5,329) is 54 per cent higher than it was a week ago, when it stood at 3,466.” - Dailymail.co.uk

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Dailymail.co.uk: “Is Britain's Covid-19 outbreak growing? Cases are up 48% in a week”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Today saw another 6,874 Covid-19 cases recorded, meaning the seven-day rolling average is 54 per cent higher than it was a week ago. MailOnline analysis shows this is the sixth consecutive day the average compared to the week before has risen.

Before last Saturday, the weekly coronavirus growth rate had dropped every day for an entire week. It had plummeted from the high of 84 per cent on September 12 to 20 per cent on September 19.   

It comes as chief scientific advisors to the Government, Professor Chris Whitty and Sir Patrick Vallance, terrified the nation by their gloomy prediction that cases may reach 50,000 per day by mid-October, if nothing is done. They claimed infections were doubling every week, in line with growing outbreaks in Spain and France. 

But scientists shot down the claims, warning it was based on old data that relied on just a few hundred positive cases. Even Boris Johnson distanced himself from the claims, saying the outbreak could be doubling up to every 20 days. 

Other figures from NHS Test and Trace also suggest cases had dwindled last week. But the newest statistics - released yesterday - only go up until September 16, meaning any spike in the past week has yet to be confirmed in another government dataset. 

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