People are being encouraged to improve ventilation in their homes by opening windows as part of a new coronavirus campaign.
A video released by the Department for Health illustrates how virus particles linger in enclosed spaces, but letting fresh air in can reduce the risk of infection by more than 70 per cent.
Coronavirus is spread through the air by droplets and smaller particles known as aerosols when they are exhaled from the nose and mouth of an infected person as they breathe, speak or cough. Click here to read more.
The Government will decide next week how to end the current lockdown in England as scientists warned a tougher tier system is needed until vaccines can drive back the Covid-19 pandemic.
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Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick said on Tuesday that ministers want to see a “significant easing” of coronavirus controls when the lockdown in England is lifted on December 2, but suggested tighter controls may be needed in the top Tier 3.
It comes after Susan Hopkins, medical director of Public Health England (PHE) and chief medical adviser to NHS Test and Trace, said ministers would have to look at “strengthening” the tier system.
Tier 1 restrictions that covered huge parts of England had “very little effect”, she said, adding that even Tier 2 only worked in some areas.
In addition, Hull’s seven-day infection rate has increased again as the city is the worst area in the country – and by a long way.
The rolling seven-day infection rate per 100,000 people has jumped sharply from 617.3 to 776.4 in Hull and stands at 493.9 in East Riding.
The Government announced that a further 598 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Tuesday, bringing the UK total to 52,745.
As of 9am on Tuesday, there had been a further 20,051 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus.
It brings the total number of cases in the UK to 1,410,732.