COVID-19: UK reports over 50,000 new coronavirus cases for second day in a row

COVID-19: UK reports over 50,000 new coronavirus cases for second day in a row

The UK has reported more than 50,000 new cases of COVID-19 for the second day in a row.

According to official data, another 50,584 infections were recorded during the last 24-hour period.

This follows Thursday’s 53,945 – which was the highest daily figure since mid-July.

As of Friday, 50,091 cases were reported.

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Data also shows that 143 more people have died within 28 days of a positive COVID test, bringing the total number of coronavirus-related deaths in the UK since the start of the pandemic to 145,424.

There are currently 7,373 COVID patients in the hospital, including 895 on ventilation beds.

Another 25,848 people received their first dose of COVID vaccine in the past 24 hours, bringing the UK total to 51,046,133, the government scorecard says.

In addition, another 30,976 received their second, meaning that 46,462,638 have now received a double hit.

And 420,910 boosters or third doses were given, bringing the total to 19,436,885 (33.8% of people aged 12 and over in the UK.

It comes as the British Health Safety Agency (HSA) announced that of 22 cases of Omicron confirmed in England as of November 30, 12 were more than 14 days after receiving at least two doses of the vaccine.

The analysis also showed that two cases occurred more than 28 days after a first dose of the vaccine, while six were unvaccinated and two had no information available.

None of the cases are known to have been hospitalized or died, but the HSA said that “most cases have a very recent sample date and there is a time lag between the onset of infection and the ‘hospitalization and death’.

Meanwhile, the number of confirmed cases of the Omicron variant in the UK is expected to rise sharply later today, according to Sky science correspondent Thomas Moore.

He wrote: “An update of genetic sequencing data by the COVID-19 Genomics UK Consortium, which does most of the variant analysis, reveals that there have been 56 cases of Omicron in England.

“Currently, the UK Health Safety Agency (UKHSA) puts the total in England at 29.

“A source has confirmed that there will be an official update of UKHSA figures” shortly “and that the UK total” will not be less “than 66.”

Moore added: ‘The COG-UK currently puts the number of confirmed cases in Scotland at 10, but Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed more infections, bringing the total for the country to 29.

“The UKHSA takes data from several sources when compiling the totals. “

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