UK records another 170 COVID-related deaths and 26,852 new infections
Written by Hit Music Radio News on 17/08/2021
The UK has recorded 170 COVID-related deaths and 26,852 new cases in the latest 24-hour period, according to government data.
The figures compare to 28,438 infections and 26 fatalities reported on Monday, while this time last week 23,510 cases and 146 deaths were announced.
Since the pandemic started in 2020, a total of 131,149 people have died in the UK within 28 days of a positive COVID-19 test. There have also been 6,322,241 confirmed infections.
On Monday, 35,716 people in the UK had their first dose of a vaccine, taking the total to 47,369,418 (89.6% of the adult population).
138,390 had their second jab yesterday, so a total of 40,841,971 are now fully vaccinated – 77.2% of UK adults.
It comes after the UK health regulator approved the Moderna vaccine for 12 to 17-year-olds.
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said it is now up to the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) to advise the government on whether children in that age bracket should be given the jab.
On Tuesday, new figures also showed that one in 20 deaths registered in the most recent week in England and Wales mentioned COVID on the death certificate – the highest proportion in more than four months.
A total of 10,187 deaths were registered in the week ending 6 August, of which 527 (5.2%) involved coronavirus.
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