COVID-19: UK records 54,674 new coronavirus cases and 41 more deaths
Written by Hitmix News on 18 July 2021
The UK has recorded 54,674 new coronavirus cases and 41 deaths in the latest 24-hour period.
The figure is a rise on Friday’s 51,870 cases, which was the highest since mid-January. Some 49 deaths were also reported on Friday.
On vaccinations, 67,956 people had their first dose on Friday, while 188,976 completed their course.
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It brings the total number of people who have had both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine across the UK to 35,732,297 – 67.8% of adults.
The numbers come amid disruption on some parts of the UK’s transport network, with the NHS COVID-19 app alerts leaving some services suspended due to a lack of staff available.
London’s Metropolitan Tube Line has been fully suspended, while the Piccadilly and District Lines face severe delays.
Trains in the North are also affected by delays and cancellations, with services serving Lincoln, Leeds, Retford and Huddersfield all facing disruption.
Elsewhere, Health Secretary Sajid Javid revealed he has tested positive for COVID-19, and is now awaiting the results of his confirmatory PCR test.
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Mr Javid’s symptoms emerged just three days after he visited a care home in Streatham, south London.
He was there on Tuesday, having earlier been in parliament. He returned to the Commons on Wednesday and spoke about the Health and Care Bill in the afternoon.
A photographer says he pictured Mr Javid leaving Number 10 Downing Street on Friday after a meeting with Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Mr Javid’s diagnosis comes less than 48 hours before the UK is set to drop all legal COVID-19 restrictions, meaning social distancing and face coverings become optional from Monday.