UK records 142,224 positive Covid cases and 77 deaths

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Shoppers on Oxford Street  (PA Wire)
Shoppers on Oxford Street (PA Wire)

The UK has recorded a further 142,224 positive infections on Monday, according to latest figures.

There have also been 77 deaths within 28 days of a positive test.

Some 141,495 third doses or booster jabs of a Covid jab were administered in the latest 24-hour period, meaning 35.6 million people have now had a booster.

This equates to 62 per cent of the UK population aged over 12.

Last Monday, 157,758 positive infections and 42 deaths were reported.

It comes as Boris Johnson said ministers are considering cutting the self-isolation period for fully vaccinated people who test positive for Covid.

Asked about reducing the quarantine period from seven days to five days, the Prime Minister said: “We’re looking at that and we will act according to the science.”

Levelling Up Secretary Michael Gove earlier said it would be for the Prime Minister and Health Secretary to decide whether to cut the period of Covid isolation to five days from seven.

But he added: “We always keep things under review because we’re always guided by the facts, by the science, and by changing circumstances.”

Mr Johnson has said the Government will continue to make lateral flow tests available “for as long as is necessary”.

“We are going to have to make sure we continue to use testing as one of our most important lines of defence for as long as is necessary,” he said during a visit to a vaccination clinic in Uxbridge.

“The other line of defence in addition to testing is of course getting vaccinated. The boosters are going well. We have now done 36 million boosters – 90% of people over 50 – but clearly there is an opportunity for people who have not been boosted.”

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman added: “There’s no doubt that the use of lateral flow devices are both interrupting chains of transmission and saving lives.

“We’ve got 425 million tests coming on in January, as we set out.”

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