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COVID-19: UK records another 36,567 coronavirus cases

Written by on 25 October 2021

A further 36,567 COVID infections and 38 related deaths have been recorded in the UK, the latest government figures show.

Due to a technical problem, the data does not include new cases and deaths reported in Wales.

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Patient samples are transferred by scientists into plates before entering the PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) process Image: Some 49,156 new infections and 45 fatalities were recorded this time last week

The additional deaths reported – of those who died within 28 days of testing positive – bring the UK total to 139,571.

The figures compare with the 39,962 new cases and 72 deaths reported for the UK yesterday and the 49,156 new infections and 45 fatalities this time last week.

Last Tuesday, the country recorded 223 virus-related deaths – the highest daily number since early March.

Data up to Sunday also shows that a total of 95,276,673 COVID jabs have been given in the UK.

Of these, 49,715,228 were first doses – a rise of 25,747 on the previous day.

Meanwhile, some 45,561,445 were second doses, an increase of 18,082.

Two million eligible people will now be invited to receive a COVID-19 booster jab from the NHS this week, as the government seeks to see off a sharp rise in cases without introducing “Plan B” measures.

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It comes as modelling seen by the government suggests coronavirus cases could fall significantly in November without any restrictions being reintroduced.

Experts at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) have predicted that – even without the government’s Plan B – cases, hospital admissions and deaths in England will peak in November and start to fall rapidly to much lower levels by Christmas.

However, Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has called for some “common sense” coronavirus measures to prevent another lockdown.

Elsewhere, Health Secretary Sajid Javid said exclusion zones around schools could be used to prevent “idiot” anti-vaxxers from targeting children with their “vicious lies”.

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Mr Javid said the protesters were doing “so much damage” and it was “heartbreaking” that three children were injured during a recent protest after COVID-19 vaccines were opened up to 12-15-year-olds.

He told Sky News’ Kay Burley: “You’ve got, frankly, these idiots outside their school spreading vicious lies. It is becoming a growing problem as time goes by.”