COVID-19: Another 31,772 coronavirus cases and 26 deaths recorded across UK

Another 31,772 COVID-19 cases and 26 deaths have been reported across the UK in the latest 24-hour period.

The figures, released on Sunday, compared with 32,367 cases and 34 deaths the day before – just below Friday’s recorded cases when the highest number of infections since 22 January were recorded.

Cases in the past week have risen by just over 27% compared with the previous week while deaths have risen by two thirds.

Another 93,763 people had their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine in the UK on Saturday, taking the total to 45,881,721 – 87.1% of the adult population.

A total of 211,446 people had their second jab, meaning 34,764,511 (66% of adults) are now fully vaccinated.

The number of hospital admissions has more than doubled (56.6%) in the last week data is available for, with 563 people admitted to hospital on 6 July and 3,081 in the week to that date.

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