Covid instances rise for the fourth day in a succession, reaching their highest level in two weeks, with 92 deaths reported.
On Friday, another 31,808 coronavirus infections were reported across the UK, including 92 deaths linked to COVID-19.
Both results are higher than the previous day’s totals of 30,215 cases and 86 deaths. If a death occurs within 28 days of a positive Covid test, it is considered coronavirus-related.
The highly contagious Delta type of coronavirus has been causing a spike in the United Kingdom during the last month.
Each of the last four days has seen an increase in daily infection numbers, starting with 21,691 on Tuesday.
As a result, the number of new infections each day has reached its highest level since July 23, when 36,389 were reported.
The number of coronavirus cases and deaths has increased dramatically since last Friday, when 26,068 and 68 cases and deaths were reported, respectively.
Infection rates are still well below those seen in mid-July, when they peaked at over 50,000 per day.
Over 39 million Britons have now had two vaccinations, providing them with the best potential protection against COVID-19.
Another six million people have received their first vaccination and are awaiting their second.
Following guidance from the Joint Committee on Vaccine and Immunization [JCVI], the government announced earlier this week that all 16 and 17-year-olds will be offered a first vaccination.
Later, more information on whether or not this age group should receive a second dose will be provided.
Another 1.4 million youngsters will now be eligible for the immunization.
Previously, children above the age of 12 could only be vaccinated if they lived with a high-risk person, had certain health concerns, or were approaching their 18th birthday.
Those aged 16-17 have been routinely vaccinated in the United States and a number of European countries, including Italy and France.
In the United Kingdom, however, only the Pfizer vaccine has been licensed for children under the age of 18.
“We have the supply, and I expect this to start in a very short number of weeks indeed,” said Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, England’s deputy chief medical officer.
“There is no time to squander. Let’s get this done.” I want us to move as quickly as we possibly can.”
Boris Johnson urged anyone who are eligible to get vaccinated to “listen to the JCVI.”
“They are incredibly expert, if not the greatest in the world – they know what is safe, and I believe we should listen to them and take our lead from them,” he continued.
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