Another 155 daily deaths according to latest official Covid-19 figures

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Mel Whiteley receives a Covid-19 booster jab at Croydon University Hospital, south London (Dominic Lipinski/PA) (PA Wire)
Mel Whiteley receives a Covid-19 booster jab at Croydon University Hospital, south London (Dominic Lipinski/PA) (PA Wire)

Another 155 people have died from Covid-19 in the UK, according to the latest official figures.

That takes the death toll in the last seven days to 1,186 and the total death toll to 141,743.

Separate figures published by the Office for National Statistics show there have been 166,000 deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

The government statistics show 30, 693 positive tests in the last 24 hours as well with 255,241 positive tests in the last seven days.

It comes as the government prepares to push its booster jab campaign by allowing people to book their appointment a month before they are eligible from Monday.

The NHS is changing the booking system to allow people in England to arrange an appointment a month in advance, as the health service aims to ramp up vaccination uptake ahead of winter.

Currently, anyone eligible who had their second dose of a coronavirus vaccine six months ago can only book their top-up once those six months are up.

The update means people can pre-book an appointment after five months, allowing them to roll up their sleeve on the day they reach the six-month milestone.

Health authorities hope this will speed up the booster rollout, strengthen the population’s waning immunity to the virus and help reduce pressures on the NHS.

More than nine million people have already had a top-up vaccine, and the NHS wants to see those numbers bolstered ahead of colder winter weather which typically leads to increased virus transmission.

NHS national medical director Stephen Powis said: “While this winter is undoubtedly going to be different, the most important thing you can do is come forward for both your Covid booster and flu jab as soon as possible – now with the added convenience of booking in advance – making it even easier to protect yourself and loves ones.”

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