Further 39,851 Covid cases and 143 deaths recorded in 24 hours

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The JCVI has also been reluctant to set a date for when children should get their second dose of the vaccine (PA Wire)
The JCVI has also been reluctant to set a date for when children should get their second dose of the vaccine (PA Wire)

The UK recorded 143 deaths and 39,851 new Covid infections on Wednesday.

It comes as Britain’s Covid infection rate is found to be one of the worst in the world in new data.

By Wednesday, a further 143 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19.

This brings the UK total to 137,295, the Government said.

Separate figures published by the Office for National Statistics show there have been 160,824 deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

As of 9am on Wednesday, there had been a further 39,851 lab-confirmed Covid-19 cases in the UK, the Government said.

The 143 deaths were among 770 in the past seven days.

Government data up to October 5 shows that of the 94,085,830 Covid jabs given in the UK, 49,035,877 were first doses, a rise of 41,347 on the previous day.

Some 45,049,953 were second doses, an increase of 28,572.

The figures were released as Boris Johnson has issued a fresh call for workers to return to “buzzing” town centres following the Covid-19 pandemic.

Boris Johnson delivers his keynote speech to the Conservative Party conference (Jacob King/PA) (PA Wire)
Boris Johnson delivers his keynote speech to the Conservative Party conference (Jacob King/PA) (PA Wire)

The Prime Minister said “we will and must see people back in the office” as he continued his drive to end working from home.

He told the Conservative Party conference in Manchester: “As we come out of Covid, our towns and cities are going to be buzzing with life because we know that a productive workforce needs the spur that only comes with face-to-face meetings and water cooler gossip.

“If young people are to learn on the job in the way they always have and must, we will and must see people back in the office.”

Mr Johnson also hailed the success of the vaccine rollout and the capitalist system that led to the development of the jabs.

He said: “It was not the Government that made the wonder drug, it wasn’t brewed in the alembics of the Department of Health.

“Of course it was Oxford University, but it was the private sector that made it possible.

Chelsea Pensioner John Byrne receives a Covid-19 booster vaccination from deputy chief nurse Vanessa Sloane at the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London (Dominic Lipinski/PA) (PA Wire)
Chelsea Pensioner John Byrne receives a Covid-19 booster vaccination from deputy chief nurse Vanessa Sloane at the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London (Dominic Lipinski/PA) (PA Wire)

“Behind those vaccines are companies and shareholders and, yes, bankers. You need deep pools of liquidity that are to be found in the City of London. It was capitalism that ensured that we had a vaccine in less than a year.

“And the answer therefore is not to attack the wealth creators, it is to encourage them.”

A spokesman for the Public and Commercial Services union said: “It is deeply disappointing to hear Boris Johnson recklessly suggesting people return to offices without any reference to how it can be done safely.

“We are clear that any increase in numbers should be based on a risk assessment and hybrid working should become the norm where workers have maximum flexibility.

“The Prime Minister is contradicting his Government’s own policies as the Tories are legislating for the right to request flexible working from day one.”

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