New Covid cases climb to 32,181 and 50 deaths recorded in UK

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Pedestrians walk past the Covid memorial wall in Westminster, London  (PA Wire)
Pedestrians walk past the Covid memorial wall in Westminster, London (PA Wire)

New coronavirus infections reached 32,181 on Tuesday and 50 deaths were recorded.

In comparison, there were 26,476 new positive cases on Monday and 48 deaths in 24 hours.

There was a delay on Tuesday before the latest coronavirus data was made available to the public on the official website.

As a further 50 people died in 24 hours, it took the UK death toll total to 132,535.

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

As the vaccination rollout continues, ministers said a Covid-19 booster programme will be launched from September.

Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) experts have been preparing to make the final call on the booster campaign.

The campaign is poised to start from September 6.

NHS leaders have plans to offer a third Covid jab to 30 million over-50s and clinically vulnerable people.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “We are still awaiting the final advice from JCVI on boosters.

“It is still very much our intention to roll out the booster programme during September.”

He added: “We set out broadly our intention to require our vaccination for nightclubs and some other settings and we’ll be coming forward in the coming weeks with details for that.”

In other Covid news, scientists said a new variant was discovered in South Africa which may have increased transmissibility.

The C.1.2 variant, first discovered in May, has since August been found in six of South Africa’s nine provinces as well as the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mauritius, Portugal, New Zealand and Switzerland.

The mutations on the virus “are associated with increased transmissibility” and an increased ability to evade antibodies, according to research published by South African groups including the KwaZulu-Natal Research Innovation and the National Institute for Communicable Diseases.

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