Some Covid restrictions must immediately be reintroduced if England is to avoid “stumbling into a winter crisis”, health leaders have warned.
UK cases have been rising sharply since restrictions were abrogated in June, but deaths have remained below peak due to the success of vaccinations.
The government responded by saying it has no plans for further measures.
Daily Covid cases have been above 40,000 for seven days in a row, with 43,738 new infections as of Tuesday, with deaths reaching 223, the highest since march.
However, the government is also preparing to offer up to 30 million booster shots to vulnerable and elderly people throughout the winter period, aiming to top up existing immunity.
Despite this, the NHS is warning it is “preparing for the most challenging winter on record”