UK ‘Worryingly Close’ To 100,000 Daily Covid Cases, Says Scientist

With Covid cases in the UK currently higher than in parts of Europe combined, we’re dangerously close to hitting the milestone of 100,000 new daily cases.

That’s according to scientists from the Zoe Covid Study, which is based on regular data inputted by users of its symptoms app. The study is reporting higher” levels of Covid in the UK population than official government figures.

There are currently 92,953 new daily symptomatic cases in the UK on average, based on Zoe’s PCR and lateral flow test data from up to five days ago – which is an increase of 14% from 81,823 new daily cases last week.

Even among the double vaccinated, cases continue to rise with a current estimate of 26,927 new daily symptomatic cases. On current averages, 1 in 56 people in the UK currently have symptomatic Covid.

Professor Tim Spector, lead scientist on the Zoe Study app, said: “The Zoe data shows the UK could hit 100,000 new cases sooner than expected and with no sign of a Plan B or Plan C.

The Zoe figures are “consistently higher” than the government’s confirmed daily case numbers, says Prof Spector, because they include self-reported lateral flow tests that are under-reported officially.

“The government raw figures report on PCR testing of the classical symptoms only, which miss around 40% of cases,” he said, adding that Zoe’s estimates look set to be confirmed by the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics fortnightly testing survey.

“It’s clear the government figures are a big under-estimate, and with the highest rates in Western Europe, there’s no room for complacency,” Prof Spector said.

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