UK Covid cases hit highest daily total in three MONTHS with 42,776 infections but deaths drop

THE UK'S daily Covid cases have hit the highest total in three MONTHS with another 42,776 infections recorded.

The number is the biggest figure since July 21, when 44,104 people tested positive.

The figure is also higher than yesterday's total of 38,520 – and last Wednesday's 39,851 – by over 1,000 positive tests.

But the country's death toll has dropped on the figure recorded on this day last week.

Today's 136 fatalities is lower than last Wednesday's 143 – and yesterday's 181.

The drop in deaths but rise in cases comes as Britain's jobs rate hit pre-Covid levels — as countless workers head back to offices.

Workers are also enjoying a pay boom with wages growing by a massive 5.6 per cent in just three months, far higher than inflation.

Meanwhile, family doctors will reportedly be told to tear up the Covid rule book in order to give them more time to see patients in person.

The move is expected as part of a package from Health Secretary Sajid Javid to improve GP access.

It is set to be published in the coming days and will focus on cutting bureaucracy for medics, the Daily Mail reports.

GP surgeries are likely to be given fresh Covid guidance, including scrapping the two-metre social distancing rule and relaxing enhanced cleaning regimes.

A Whitehall source told the Mail the new package would see ministers work with the profession to create more in-person appointments, following a stark decline during the pandemic.

The source added: "GPs are doing a great job under difficult circumstances – we are full of praise for the vast majority who are doing their best for patients. 

"We have been working closely with the NHS on a plan to support GPs and deliver better outcomes for patients.

"We all want the same outcome and by working together we can achieve it but we will hold the small minority letting the side down to account."

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