More than 40,000 new Covid cases and further 145 deaths, daily UK figures show

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(Luciana Guerra/PA) (PA Archive)
(Luciana Guerra/PA) (PA Archive)

A further 145 deaths have been announced in the UK along with 40,375 cases in the latest Covid daily figures.

The number of new Covid cases is a fall from yesterday’s figure of 42,408 new infections, but an 18 per cent increase on a week ago.

It brings the total number of fatalities to 142,678 while the total number of cases stands at 9,487,302.

Elsewhere, the latest figures showed that 45,964,488 Britons had received two doses of the vaccine, while 11,823,643 had received their third dose. A total of 370,909 booster doses were given out on Thursday.

The figures come despite an analysis showing infection rates in England have decreased in the latest week for most age groups, except for those from school year 12 to age 24.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that about one in 60 people in private households in England had Covid-19 in the week to November 6, down from one in 50 the previous week.

One in 60 is the equivalent of about 925,400 people and is slightly below the proportion who were estimated to have coronavirus at the peak of the second wave in early January, suggesting infection levels are still high.

In Wales, about one in 45 people is estimated to have had Covid-19 in the week to November 6, down from one in 40 the previous week.

In Northern Ireland, the figure is about one in 75 people, down from one in 65 the previous week.

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(Press Association Images)

In Scotland it is one in 85, down from one in 80 the previous week.

The ONS said rates in England have decreased in the latest week for all age groups, except for those from school year 12 to age 24 and for people aged 35 to 49, where the trend is uncertain. Rates remained highest for those in school years seven to 11, at 4.8 per cent.

Elsewhere, Boris Johnson on Friday issued a warning over rising Covid cases in Europe, saying: “I’m seeing the storm clouds gathering over parts of the European continent and I’ve got to be absolutely frank with people, we’ve been here before and we remember what happened when a wave starts rolling in.

"The UK has built up a huge amount of protection thanks to the vaccine rollout and people's amazing willingness to come forward and get jabbed.

"What I'm saying today is the urgency of getting that booster jab is more evident than ever.”

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