Covid daily figures: UK records 157 deaths and 44,242 new cases

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Covid daily figures: UK records 157 deaths and 44,242 new cases

A further 157 Covid deaths and 44,242 new cases of the virus have been recorded in the UK, the latest daily figures show.

The figures released by the Government on Friday show that 143,716 people have now died within 28 days of a positive Covid test in the UK.

Covid infections have dropped in most parts of the UK, though levels remain high.

Thursday saw 46,807 further cases, the highest recorded in almost a month.

It was the worst one-day figure of new infections since October 22 at 49, 298.

Some 39,705 new cases were recorded on Monday, 37,243 cases on Tuesday and 38,263 cases on Wednesday.

A total of 50,707,953 first doses of Covid-19 vaccine had been delivered in the UK by November 18, Government figures show. This is a rise of 28,880 on the previous day.

Some 46,108,608 second doses have been delivered, an increase of 20,650.

A combined total of 14,266,368 booster and third doses have also been given, a day-on-day rise of 387,057.

Separate totals for booster and third doses are not available.

Those who have had a booster dose are now able to prove this via the NHS app in a boost for holidaymakers.

One in 65 people in private households in England had coronavirus in the week to November 13, down from one in 60 the previous week, according to estimates from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

This is the equivalent of about 824,900 people.

Tim Spector, professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College London, said he is “cautiously optimistic” for Christmas.

However, the expert warned a rise in cases is likely in the new year when schools return after the festive break.

It is clear that children and school holidays play “a key role in the waves of infection”, he added.

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