COVID-19: UK records 178 more coronavirus-related deaths and 38,154 new cases in latest 24-hour period

The UK has recorded 178 more COVID-related deaths and 38,154 new cases in the latest 24-hour period, according to government data.

On Wednesday, 207 fatalities were reported – the highest daily figure since 9 March.

There were also 35,693 new COVID-19 daily cases yesterday and 35,847 cases and 149 deaths reported this time last week.

Meanwhile, a further 44,088 people received the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine bringing the total number of people who have received at least one dose to over 48 million people over the age of 16.

Almost 80% of over 16s are fully vaccinated after 113,385-second doses were administered yesterday.

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A new study from King’s College London found that adults who are fully vaccinated are 47% less likely to long COVID should they contract coronavirus.

The study analysed data from more than two million who logged their symptoms, tests, and vaccine status on the Zoe COVID Symptom Study app between 8 December 2020 and 4 July 2021.

Some 6,030 app users reported testing positive for COVID-19 at least 14 days after their first vaccination, but before their second, while 2,370 reported testing positive at least seven days after their second dose.

The research, published in the Lancet, said: “We found that the odds of having symptoms for 28 days or more after post-vaccination infection were approximately halved by having two vaccine doses.

“This result suggests that the risk of long COVID is reduced in individuals who have received double vaccination when additionally considering the already documented reduced risk of infection overall.”

Ahead of school re-opening, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has insisted children must return to a “normal pre-pandemic” experience, despite the risk of an increase in coronavirus cases.

Mr Williamson said testing would be key to guarding against rising infection rate, but refused to outline what the government’s “contingency plan” for other potential measures might involve.

Elsewhere a COP26 spokesperson has said that the UK is “on track” to vaccinate all attendees who need it ahead November’s United Nations climate change summit in Glasgow.

As host, the UK pledged to provide COVID-19 vaccines to any country representatives, media or observers who would not otherwise have access in time.

So far 27% of the world’s population has been fully vaccinated.

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