More than 26,000 new Covid cases in highest number of daily cases in over five months

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More than 26,000 new Covid cases in highest number of daily cases in over five months
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A further 26,068 Covid cases have been recorded in the latest daily figures - the highest number since late January.

The latest daily figures released by the Government show 14 more deaths within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test, bringing the total number in the UK to 128,140.

The latest number of cases is the highest since January 29, when 29,079 tested positive for the virus.

In an indication of the effect vaccines are having in driving down deaths, on that date 1,245 Covid deaths were recorded.

A total of 65,135,293 Covid-19 vaccinations had taken place in England between December 8 and June 29, according to NHS England data, including first and second doses, which is a rise of 230,860 on the previous day.

NHS England said 37,497,766 were first doses, a rise of 115,376 on the previous day, while 27,637,527 were a second dose, an increase of 115,484.

Meanwhile Downing Street has said that the NHS was prepared for an increase in admissions of coronavirus patients to intensive care.

New figures show the number of Covid-19 patients on ventilators in England’s hospitals has climbed to its highest level for more than two months.

The average number of patients with Covid-19 in England in mechanical ventilation beds stood at 245 on June 29, according to the NHS England figures.

This is up from 206 a week earlier and is the highest since April 24, having dipped as low as 113 on May 29.

The number is still far below the peak of the second wave, when the average hit a high of 3,676 on January 26.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said the increase had been anticipated and that the country remained in a “good position” to continue with the lifting of lockdown restrictions later this month.

“We have put in a number of additional measures, not least additional ventilators, so we are prepared for this,” the spokesman said.

“As we have said all along, we know cases will rise, sadly we know that will lead to an increase in hospitalisations and whilst the increase has not been as significant as in the past we have seen numbers increase.

“We are aware of the huge challenge this pandemic continues to pose to the country but it is thanks to the significant defences that we have built up through our vaccination programme that we have been able to be one of the most unlocked countries in Europe and in a good position still to take a further step later this month.”

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