UK Covid deaths climb by 174 as 30,838 new infections recorded

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The UK recorded 30,838 new Covid cases and 174 coronavirus-related deaths on Tuesday. 

Some 131,283 people received their second dose of the vaccine, meaning just over 77 per cent of the population are now fully vaccinated.

On Monday the UK saw 31,914 new infections and 40 deaths, according to Government figures. 

This time last week, on August 17, some 26,852 people had tested positive for Covid and 170 people had the virus listed on their death certificate. 

Weekly Covid-related to deaths have now reached their highest levels since March, according to the Office for National Statistics. 

There were 652 deaths in the week ending August 13 - the highest number since 800 people died with the virus in the week ending March 26. 

It comes as Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she cannot rule out re-imposing some Covid restrictions in the country following a "substantial increase" in cases.

She said new cases had almost doubled in the past week causing the country to reach a "fragile and pivotal moment in our journey through the pandemic". 

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