According to the UK Health Security Agency, another 233 people died within 28 days of testing positive for coronavirus in the past day.
That figure is the highest daily figure for deaths reported since March 9.
A total of 138,629 people have died after testing positive for Covid-19.
Meanwhile, the government has confirmed that another 43,738 across the UK have tested positive for the coronavirus, bringing the total number of infections to 8,541,192.
Downing Street said tonight it was ‘not complacent’ about the increase in coronavirus cases, but the level of hospital admissions and deaths was ‘of an order of magnitude’ compared to at the start of the pandemic.
The prime minister’s official spokesperson said there were “no plans” to use the emergency measures set out in the fall / winter strategy.
“There are a number of different factors that would come into play in this decision,” the spokesperson said.
“To a large extent this would be necessary where there was a significant risk that the NHS would be overwhelmed.
” We are not there.
“Due to the vaccination schedule, the levels we are seeing in patients admitted to hospital and deaths are much lower than what we have seen in previous peaks. “
He added: ‘We are on an order of magnitude lower – that doesn’t mean we’re complacent, we are monitoring this very carefully and we recognize that the NHS will face challenges as the winter months approach which are normally busier. period for our health service.
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