Coronavirus news LIVE: NHS trust ‘preparing’ for third wave as hospitalisations rise 48% in UK and 9,055 new cases

MEDICS in London are being told to prepare for a third Covid wave from August 1 – as well as a spike in serious infections among young children, it’s reported.

Hospital chiefs are bracing for a tough summer amid concerns there’ll be around half of the coronavirus cases seen during the first wave of the pandemic.

The UK’S daily Covid cases have today passed 9,000 for the first time since February.

A whopping 9,055 new cases have been reported today – giving a total of 4,589,814 since the beginning of the pandemic.

It is the highest number of cases reported in a day since February 25 – when 9,985 more people tested positive for the killer bug.

Today’s figures also show a further nine people have lost their lives, bringing the total death toll to 127,926.

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