Coronavirus: What’s happening in Canada and around the world on Friday – CBC

U.K. reported more than 52,000 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday

Oct 22, 2021

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson should prepare to introduce some measures to limit rising COVID-19 cases because acting early will reduce the need for tougher restrictions later, his scientific advisers said in advice published on Friday.

Johnson’s government has said there is no need yet to introduce a “Plan B” involving mask mandates, work from home orders and vaccine passports, even as cases rise after he scrapped England’s COVID restrictions in the summer.

But Health Minister Sajid Javid has warned that such measures could be introduced if more people don’t come forward for COVID-19 vaccines and booster shots.

In a summary posted online, U.K. health officials said there had been 327,537 positive cases reported between Oct. 15 and Oct. 21.

“This shows an increase of 17.9 per cent compared to the previous seven days,” said the summary, which also looked at hospitalizations and deaths.

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