COVID-19: UK registers 46,558 new cases and 96 more deaths – highest number of deaths since March | UK News
The UK has recorded 46,558 new cases of COVID-19 and 96 additional coronavirus-related deaths in the last 24-hour period, according to government data.
This is the highest number of deaths since March 24, when 98 were reported.
The new figures compare to 39,950 new cases and 19 deaths announced Monday, and 36,660 cases and 50 deaths that were recorded this time last week.
According to the latest data, 745 COVID patients were admitted to hospital on July 14 and 4,500 were admitted in the past seven days, a weekly increase of 38.4%.
Some 35,670 people had their first jab on Monday, which means that 46,349,709 have now received at least one COVID vaccine shot in UK.
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Yesterday, 143,560 more people received their second injection, so 36,243,287 people are now fully vaccinated.
It follows the relaxation of most coronavirus restrictions in England on Monday.
However, in an effort to try to increase vaccination among young people, the government announced that anyone want to go to “crowded places” such as nightclubs from the end of September will need to have proof that they are fully vaccinated.
And it has now been revealed that over a million children in England were absent from school last week because of the coronavirus.
Data released by the Department of Education showed that about 14.3% of all students in state-funded schools were absent from class on July 15, a total of 1.05 million.
Of these, 773,700 students were self-isolating due to possible contact with a coronavirus case inside the school, while 160,300 students were self-isolating after possibly being in contact with a case of COVID-19 outside of school.
Health experts are urging people to get vaccinated and to take reasonable precautions, even after restrictions in England end.
Dr Yvonne Doyle, Medical Director of Public Health England, said: “The past 18 months have been tough for all of us. Now the restrictions have been lifted, many of us want to start doing what we love the most again. .
“However, we need to do this with caution and remain reasonable. We are in a wave of infections that has seen an increase of over 40% last week, there is still a risk of serious illness for many people.
“We can all reduce the risk by getting the two doses of the vaccine, testing ourselves twice a week at home, and spending more time outdoors or in well-ventilated rooms. Let’s all stay alert.”
The government has reinforced the need for people to isolate themselves if identified as close contact from someone who tested positive for the coronavirus and who has been interviewed by the NHS COVID app.
More and more people have to isolate themselves due to being “pinged” has led to the creation of a system where employers can request an exemption if their workers are flagged as requiring quarantine.
The Prime Minister’s spokesperson said he could include some workers in the food industry, utilities, border staff and the NHS, but there is no general exemption for sectors.