Covid symptoms: top 10 signs of infection as UK coronavirus deaths soar by 41% in a week
Covid-19 death registrations in England and Wales have gone up for the third week in a row
Covid deaths have increased for the third consecutive row in the UK, new figures show.
This is up 41% on the previous week and is the highest number of deaths the UK has seen since the seven days to 12 August, although levels remain well below those seen in the early part of the pandemic.
There are early signs that the current wave may be peaking, but it will still be a while before this has an impact on death registrations due to the length of time between someone catching the virus and becoming seriously ill, as well as the time it takes for deaths to be registered.
During the previous wave of infections in the summer, deaths peaked at 810 in the week ending 29 July, which is well below the numbers seen during the early waves of the pandemic, when weekly deaths peaked around 10 times this level.
High levels of Covid antibodies among the UK population – either from vaccination or previous infection – mean the number of people seriously ill or dying from the virus this year has stayed low.
However, Covid infections are still rising in parts of the UK, with 1.7 million people testing positive for coronavirus in the week to 10 October in England - up from 1.5 million in the previous week. Cases are also rising in Wales with 117,600 people testing positive over the same period, up from 74,900.
Professor Spector, lead scientist on the ZOE Health Study, explained in a recent update on YouTube that currently around one in 21 people in the UK have the virus but infection rates are starting to fall slightly.
As infections are still rising across the UK, Prof Spector issued an update on the most common symptoms being logged on the ZOE Covid Study app. Listed are the top 10 symptoms to look out for right now.