It compares with the 52,009 new cases and 115 deaths reported yesterday and the 44,932 new infections and 145 deaths last Friday.
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The figures also show that there were 48,732 other first doses of a COVID vaccine given in the last 24 hours – meaning a total of 49,603,139 people received at least one vaccine.
A total of 45,486,950 people have now suffered two jabs, an increase of 26,828 compared to the previous day.
Britain’s total of deaths within 28 days of a positive COVID test now stands at 139 326.
UK recorded 223 COVID-related deaths on Tuesday – highest daily count since early March.
It comes as Boris Johnson said there is “absolutely nothing to indicate” the country will enter a new containment this winter, although he added that the government “will do whatever it takes to protect the public.”
During a visit to a vaccination center in west London on Friday, the Prime Minister repeated his call for those who are eligible to come forward to get the “fantastic” boosters.
Mr Johnson admitted there were currently ‘high levels’ of infection in the UK, but maintained he was not yet ready to reintroduce COVID measures in England – under government leadership « Plan B » – to try to reduce the increasing number of infections.
The Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) also predicted that COVID hospital admissions were “increasingly unlikely” this winter will exceed the peak of last January.
However, he warned of the risk of a “rapid increase in hospital admissions” if people’s behavior quickly returned to normal and there was a significant drop in the effectiveness of COVID-vaccines. 19.
Meanwhile, Care Minister Gillian Keegan told Sky News that UK holidaymakers may in the future be asked to have a third dose of COVID-19 vaccine before being able to travel and return easily from abroad.
“It’s two doses for now, but I’m sure the concept of the vaccine passport will evolve,” she said.