Covid deaths surge to 185 as UK records 26,628 new infections

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People shelter from the rain under umbrellas  near St Paul's Cathedral  (PA)
People shelter from the rain under umbrellas near St Paul's Cathedral (PA)

Covid deaths rose by 185 on Tuesday as 26,628 new infections were recorded in the UK.

Separate figures published by the Office for National Statistics show there have now been 159,000 deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

There were 26,628 new infections recorded in the country.

However, the vaccine rollout continues to be a great success.

As many as 92,567,446 Covid jabs have been rolled out in the UK, 48,458,700 were first doses and 44,108,746 were second doses.

It comes as Boris Johnson has unveiled his Covid winter plan ahead of the colder months ahead.

He warned higher levels of coronavirus cases mean “in one way our position today is actually more challenging” than last September.

The Prime Minister told the Downing Street press conference: “I want you to cast your mind back exactly a year and think where we were last September as schools went back and the colder months approached.

“Because in one way our position today is actually more challenging – we have higher levels of daily cases, thousands more, but in many other crucial respects the British people, all of us collectively and individually, are incomparably better-placed to fight the disease.”

Having outlined the intial plan, Mr Johnson also revealed there is a back up plan B which has “a number of different shots in the locker”.

“You wouldn’t necessarily play them all at once, far from it, you would want to do things in a graduated way,” he said.

“We’re now in a situation when because so many of the population have some degree of immunity, smaller changes in the way we’re asking people to behave can have a bigger impact.”

Vaccine passports and the legally mandated wearing of face masks are part of a “Plan B” drawn up if the NHS comes under too much pressure, Sajid Javid confirmed earlier in the day.

Mr Javid also confirmed booster jabs will be administered from next week.

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