Nearly 50,000 new cases of COVID-19 infections were recorded in October to reach the highest level since 17 July.
Experts cite various reasons for the sudden spike in the cases. The masking mandate is not strictly followed as pubs, restaurants, and nightclubs are reopened. U.K.’s early vaccination rollout is also a contributing factor as the immunity wanes after six months in the vaccinated people. Moreover, the hesitancy in vaccinating teenagers and reliance on the AstraZeneca vaccine, which is found to be less effective against the delta variant, are the other leading causes of infection spread.
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