COVID-19: UK registers 21,952 new coronavirus cases and 24 additional deaths

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The UK has recorded 21,952 new cases of COVID-19 and 24 other coronavirus-related deaths in the last 24-hour period, according to government data.

The figures compare with 24,470 infections and 65 deaths reported yesterday, and 24,950 cases and 14 deaths reported so far last week.

The seven-day average of infections is 27% down from the previous week, while deaths are up 20.2%.

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According to the latest data, 912 COVID patients were admitted to hospital on July 27 and there have been 6,326 admissions in the past seven days, a weekly increase of 14.8%.

Since the start of the pandemic, there have been a total of 5,902,354 coronavirus cases in the UK, and 129,743 people have died within 28 days of testing positive for COVID.

During that time, 21,266 people received their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine in the UK on Sunday, bringing the total to 46,872,411 (88.6% of adults).

And 118,184 people had their second vaccine, which means 38,464,025 are now fully vaccinated (72.7% of the adult population).

This comes as the government is considering deploy booster injections later this year, in the same way that flu shots are distributed.

As with the initial vaccination efforts, the first nine priority groups will be offered their complement first.

Some 60 million doses of the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine have been ordered – although it is not clear whether this will be the only vaccine available.

Earlier today it was revealed that tests carried out at four of England’s largest railway stations and intercity services found no evidence of COVID.

National Rail cleaned the handles of escalators, ticket machines and benches, and took hour-long air samples to detect the virus.

London Euston, Birmingham New Street, Liverpool Lime Street and Manchester Piccadilly Station underwent two rounds of testing in January and June, with repeated testing on trains running between stations.

But no contamination was found by scientists at Imperial College London.

This follows a Coronavirus travel restrictions eased at 4 a.m. today, allowing fully vaccinated travelers from the US and EU Amber List countries to enter the UK without needing to self-isolate.

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However, figures from the travel industry and some Tory MPs are pressuring Boris Johnson to further open up travel among rumors of new designation added to watchlist.

MP John Redwood said, “It’s time to put together a new travel plan. The travel industry needs more certainty about the rules. Let the vaccines do more work to control the virus. “

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The notional amber watchlist would point to countries on the verge of being redlisted – which require a 10-day quarantine at a cost of £ 1,750 per adult in a government-approved hotel upon return to the UK.

Government Minister Matt Warman told Sky News: “The most important thing the government can do is make sure that people have as much information as possible, that they have information on the direction in which a foreign country could go so that they don’t inadvertently end up being quarantined upon their return. ”

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