Further 29,173 positive Covid-19 cases within 24 hours, NHS reports

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There were a further 29,173 positive Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, according to Government figures.

The NHS reported another 56 deaths on Saturday within 28 days of a positive test. That brings the total number of deaths to 971 in the past week and 134,200 since the start of the pandemic.

Separate figures published by the Office for National Statistics show there have now been 158,000 deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

Another 1,073 patients were admitted to hospital - bringing the week’s total to 6,916 between September 1 and 7.

Government data up to September 11 shows that of the 92,414,463 Covid jabs given in the UK, 48,422,588 were first doses, a rise of 27,229 on the previous day.

Some 43,991,875 were second doses, an increase of 96,435.

The figures emerged as plans to introduce vaccine passports in England for nightclubs and other crowded venues were scrapped in the latest of the Government’s coronavirus U-turns.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid confirmed the proposals “will not be going ahead” on Sunday, just days after ministers had defended the policy to sceptical MPs.

Boris Johnson had previously announced that members of the public would be required to show proof they have had two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine in order to gain entry to clubs and other large-scale events in England.

But following a backlash from Tory MPs, the Health Secretary said the idea had been shelved.

He told the BBC’s The Andrew Marr Show: “I’ve never liked the idea of saying to people you must show your papers or something to do what is just an everyday activity, but we were right to properly look at it.

“We’ve looked at it properly and whilst we should keep it in reserve as a potential option, I’m pleased to say that we will not be going ahead with plans for vaccine passports.”

Health Secretary Sajid Javid appearing on BBC1 current affairs programme The Andrew Marr Show (Jeff Overs/BBC/PA) (PA Media)
Health Secretary Sajid Javid appearing on BBC1 current affairs programme The Andrew Marr Show (Jeff Overs/BBC/PA) (PA Media)

The announcement came shortly after the minister had appeared on Sky News and told host Trevor Phillips a final decision had yet to be made.

He said: “We haven’t made a final decision as a Government.”

Labour’s deputy leader said the rapid change showed that “the Government’s approach to Covid passports has been shambolic from the start”.

Angela Rayner said: “There has never been any clarity from ministers about what vaccine passports were supposed to achieve, how they would work and what was expected from businesses and workers.

“Days ago, the vaccine minister stood before Parliament to confirm the introduction of Covid passports and stress their importance, now they’ve been scrapped.

“This is the culmination of a summer of chaos from ministers and they urgently need to get a grip before winter.”

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