UK daily Covid cases hit almost 50k again amid fears face masks and WFH will return

UK daily Covid cases have hit almost 50,000 – amid fears face masks and working from home will return.

There were 49,139 new cases of coronavirus reported in the past 24 hours, giving a total of 8,589,737.

There were also 179 new deaths reported, for a total toll of 139,031.

As of today, 94,939,084 Covid-19 vaccine doses have been given in the UK.

It comes as Health Secretary Sajid Javid will tonight warn masks, working from home, and vaccine passports will be brought in unless more Brits get their booster jabs.

The Health Secretary will insist there's no need yet for new Covid restrictions when he gives a No 10 press conference at 5pm.

In a major pandemic update he'll seek to reassure Brits the fight against the virus is under control despite rising cases, hospitalisations, and deaths.

But he'll also issue a rallying cry to all over-50s to come forward and get their third shot so new curbs on daily life won't be needed.

He'll warn activating Plan B, which would mean face masks, working from home, and vaccine passports, can't be ruled out.

His appearance will mark the first Covid press conference for five weeks.

Meanwhile, Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng insisted he would "rule out" the return of harsh restrictions on travel and our daily lives.

He said talk of a shutdown is "completely unhelpful" and people should look forward to events like Christmas parties "as usual" this year.

But he also admitted the Government is "concerned about" rising cases, hospitalisations, and deaths.

Asked about calls from some scientists for another lockdown, he said: "I would rule that out. I absolutely think it would be completely wrong.

"Throughout this process there have been people saying the lockdown was unnecessary and other people saying we should continue the lockdown.

"We’ve really plotted a path between those two extremes and it has worked."

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