Further 41 Covid deaths and 54,674 lab-confirmed cases in the UK

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A nurse with a Covid vaccine (PA Wire)
A nurse with a Covid vaccine (PA Wire)

The UK recorded 54,674 new Covid cases and 41 deaths on Saturday, according to official government figures.

It brings the UK total number of fatalities from the pandemic to 128,683.

Separate figures published by the Office for National Statistics show there have now been 154,000 deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

Data up to July 16 shows that of the 81,959,398 Covid jabs given in the UK so far, 46,227,101 were first doses, a rise of 67,956 on the previous day.

Some 35,732,297 were second doses, an increase of 188,976.

It comes after Health Secretary Sajid Javid, who has had both jabs of a vaccine, said he was awaiting a confirmation PCR test after initially testing positive for Covid-19 but was experiencing “mild” symptoms.

In a video on his Twitter account, he said: “I was feeling a bit groggy last night, so I took a lateral flow test this morning and it’s come out positive, so I’m now self-isolating at home with my family until I get the results of a PCR test.

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“I’m grateful that I’ve had two jabs of the vaccine and so far my symptoms are very mild.”

In his video, Mr Javid urged anyone who has not been vaccinated against Covid-19 to come forward to get a jab.

He said: “I also want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has been involved in our national vaccine rollout programme, truly the best of its kind anywhere in the world.

“If you haven’t had your jabs yet, please get out there and get them as soon as you can, and if, like me, you might feel a bit groggy or you think you might have come into contact with someone who is positive, please also take a lateral flow test too.

“If everyone plays their part, you’re not only protecting yourself and your loved ones but you’re also safeguarding the NHS and helping to preserve our way of life.”

Earlier today, former health secretary Jeremy Hunt warned the Government may have to reimpose lockdown restrictions if Covid cases continue to rise over the summer and into the autumn.

Mr Hunt, who is now chairman of the Commons Health and Social Care Committee, said the situation was “very serious”.

“The warning light on the NHS dashboard is not flashing amber, it is flashing red,” he told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme.

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