COVID-19: UK records 30,439 new cases and 43 more coronavirus-related deaths, daily figures show

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The UK has recorded 30,439 new COVID-19 cases and 43 more coronavirus-related deaths in the latest 24-hour period, according to government data.

The figures compare with 30,301 new COVID-19 cases and 121 deaths reported yesterday, and 31,491 cases and 84 deaths reported on Sunday a week ago.

It takes the total number of deaths within 28 days of a positive test to 136,953 - greater than the population of Ipswich (136,913) according to a population estimate published the Office for National Statistics.

The daily figure is an increase of 2,663 people (1.1%) in people testing positive, but marks a drop of 180 deaths (18.7%) over the last seven days.

A total of 48,928,952 people have now received a first dose of a coronavirus vaccine and 44,969,396 have received a second dose.

The new cases and deaths update was published before the daily update of vaccination numbers.

Yesterday's daily number for second doses was 33,926. A similar figure on Sunday could see the total number of people who have received a second dose in the UK rise above 45 million.

It comes ahead of England's travel rules being relaxed starting on Monday, allowing people to be more confident about making plans.

The rules change follow Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp saying that refusing to take a coronavirus vaccine is similar to drink-driving, as it endangers other people.

Speaking about vaccination, the 54-year-old German said he didn't understand how the coronavirus jab could be viewed by anti-vaxxers as a "limitation on freedom" - and revealed 99% of his Liverpool players are vaccinated.

Tens of thousands of people took part in the first London Marathon in more than two years on Sunday, as runners were treated to sunshine and settled conditions after a wet and windy Saturday.

Sky News' Enda Brady also completed the race after recovering from COVID-19, which had left him bed-bound and struggling to breathe.

More than 40,000 people donned their trainers to tackle the traditional 26.2-mile route from Greenwich to The Mall, following the cancellation of the 2020 race and delay to the 2021's due to COVID restrictions.

Sisay Lemma of Ethiopa, who came third last year, won the men's elite race in exactly 2:04.01, while the women's was won by Kenyan Joyciline Jepkosgei in 2:17.42 - making her the seventh-fastest woman in history.

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