UK records another deadly day with 180 Covid deaths and 35,623 new infections

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A woman writes a message on the national Covid memorial wall in Westminster, London  (PA Wire)
A woman writes a message on the national Covid memorial wall in Westminster, London (PA Wire)

The UK was rocked by another deadly day as 180 people died within 28 days of a positive test on Friday.

Separate figures published by the Office for National Statistics show there have now been 160,000 deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

As many as 35,623 new infections were reported on Friday.

By comparison, there were 182 deaths on Thursday and 36,710 new cases.

However, the vaccine rollout continues to be an incredible success.

There have been a total of 93,350,658 Covid jabs given out across the country.

As many as 48,705,771 were first doses and 44,644,887 were second doses.

It comes after new data showed around one in 90 people in private households in England had Covid-19 in the week to September 18.

This was down from one in 80 in the previous week, according to the latest estimates from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

One in 90 is the equivalent of about 620,100 people.

At the peak of the second wave in early January, around one in 50 people in England were estimated to have coronavirus.

Elsewhere in the news, Professor Dame Sarah Gilbert said Covid will eventually become like the common cold.

The professor, whose work led to the development of the Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 jab, told a Royal Society of Medicine webinar: “We already live with four different human coronaviruses that we don’t really ever think about very much and eventually Sars-CoV-2 will become one of those.

“It’s just a question of how long it’s going to take to get there and what measures we’re going to have to take to manage it in the meantime.”

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