COVID-19: UK records 38,281 new cases and 140 more deaths, daily figures show

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The UK has recorded 38,281 new COVID cases and 140 more coronavirus-related deaths in the latest 24-hour period, government data shows.

The figures compare with 35,847 infections and 149 fatalities recorded yesterday, and 35,663 cases and 94 deaths announced this time last week.

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A total of 47,860,628 people have received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 42,234,417 people across the UK are now double jabbed.

Since the pandemic began, xxxx people in the UK have died within 28 days of testing positive for COVID-19 and there have been xxxxx lab-confirmed cases.

According to the latest data, 818 people who tested positive for the virus were admitted to hospital on 22 August and there were 6,186 admissions in the last seven days, an increase of 471 on the previous week.

Separate figures published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show there have been 156,000 deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

Meanwhile, the latest NHS Test and Trace figures show the number of people testing positive for COVID-19 has risen by 5% on last week.

A total of 200,705 people tested positive for the virus in England at least once in the week to 18 August, figures show - this is the highest number since the week to 21 July.

In England, 237,764 alerts were sent to users of the NHS COVID app, telling them they had been in close contact with someone who had tested positive for the virus, in the same period - a decrease of 7% on the previous week and the lowest number since the week to 23 June.

Double-jabbed people no longer have to self-isolate after being "pinged".

Additionally, estimates from Public Health England suggest between 102,500 and 109,500 deaths have been directly prevented by the vaccination programme.

Approximately 82,100 hospital admissions have also been prevented.

All of the latest data comes as the government prepares to announce any changes made to the UK's travel lists.

Data expert Tim White predicts St Lucia and Jamaica are the most likely holiday destinations to turn red, while there could also be changes for Croatia, Slovenia and Madeira.

There are currently 60 countries and territories sitting on the UK's red list, with areas being updated around every three weeks.

Earlier this week, Turkey's ambassador in London told Sky News, the country expects to be removed from the red list - where it has been since May.

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