PM resists calls to activate plan B as daily Covid cases top 50,000

Boris Johnson says numbers of infections are high but ‘within the parameters’ of the predictions

Daily Covid-19 cases have risen above 50,000 in the UK for the first time since July, as the prime minister resists calls for the government to activate its backup plan.

Official figures on Thursday put the number of positive tests at 52,009 as cases have continued to rise. The last time cases were at this level was 17 July. Daily data also showed 115 people died within 28 days of a positive test.

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