COVID-19: UK records 48,161 new cases and 25 additional deaths from coronavirus

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COVID-19: Delta coronavirus variant now accounts for 91% of new infections in UK – as cases increase ‘rapidly’


The UK has recorded 48,161 new COVID cases and 25 more coronavirus-related deaths in the last 24-hour period, according to government data.

The numbers compare to 54,674 cases and 41 deaths announced on Saturday, while 31,772 infections and 26 deaths were reported at this time last week.

It comes as all UK adults have now been offered a first dose of a COVID-19[feminine[feminine vaccine – reaching the prime minister’s target one day ahead of schedule, the government said.

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67,217 people had their first jab on Saturday, bringing the UK total to 46,295,853 (87.9% of the adult population).

And another 225,214 had their second vaccine yesterday, which means that 35,970,849 are now fully vaccinated (68.3% of adults).

The latest data arrives hours before most coronavirus Lockdown restrictions will be lifted in England on Monday, including social distancing rules and limits on social gatherings.

And the legal obligation to wear masks in enclosed public spaces is abandoned in England.

However, the government advises wearing face coverings in crowded areas such as shops and public transport, while pubs and bars should only be served at the table.

Self-isolation rules for contacts of people who test positive for the coronavirus will not be relaxed until August 16.

Then people with a double bite will be able to take tests rather than quarantining themselves at home.

It came as a scientist involved in the cabinet warned that new cases in the UK could reach 200,000 a day before the third wave of the virus peaks.

Professor Neil Ferguson, whose modeling was instrumental in the government’s decision to order the first lockdown in March 2020, said it was “inevitable” that they would hit at least 100,000 a day.

He said if cases continued to rise, they could still place a “significant burden” on the health care system.

In addition, a minister said that the current wave of COVID in the UK should not peak before “end of August, maybe even beginning of September”.

Housing, Communities and Local Government Secretary Robert Jenrick told Sky News’ Trevor Phillips on Sunday that cases continued to rise.

He revealed the government’s current projection while encouraging people to keep the NHS COVID application installed on their phones with contact tracing enabled.

Meanwhile, Boris Johnson abandoned plans to avoid quarantine after being contacted by NHS Test and Trace following a violent political backlash.

Prime Minister and Chancellor Rishi Sunak originally planned to take daily tests rather than self-isolate after last week’s meetings with Health Secretary Sajid Javid who tested positive for COVID.

But in a dramatic turnaround, Downing Street said the two ministers would self-isolate rather than participate in a daily contact test pilot.

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