UK faces 38,281 new coronavirus infections and 140 deaths

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Bereaved families paint red hearts on the Covid memorial wall opposite the Houses of Parliament in London  (PA Wire)
Bereaved families paint red hearts on the Covid memorial wall opposite the Houses of Parliament in London (PA Wire)

The UK has recorded 38,281 new coronavirus infections and 140 deaths on Thursday.

The death toll now stands at 132,003 in the UK.

Separate figures published by the Office for National Statistics show there have been 156,000 deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

It comes as a public health expert has said the vaccine rollout should be extended to 12 to 15-year-olds while the Delta variant “flying through schools”.

Devi Sridhar, professor of global public health at the University of Edinburgh, told BBC Radio Four’s Today programme: “I think right now, if we know the options with Delta, given how infectious it is, is that either you’re going to be exposed to Covid without any protection or you can be exposed and have a vaccine.

“And we should be offering teens that vaccine so they have that protection before going back into schools.”

The vaccination rollout continues to be a great success.

Government data up to August 25 shows that of the 90,095,045 Covid jabs given in the UK, 47,860,628 were first doses, a rise of 68,076 on the previous day.

Some 42,234,417 were second doses, an increase of 161,705.

The Covid-19 vaccine programme in England is estimated to have directly averted between 102,500 and 109,500 deaths, according to figures from Public Health England.

Previous estimates had put the number between 91,700 and 98,700 deaths.

Estimates for the number of hospital admissions directly averted by the programme are unchanged at more than 82,100.

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