COVID-19: UK records 218,724 cases and 48 deaths in latest daily figures

A further 218,724 coronavirus cases and 48 COVID-related deaths have been recorded in the UK, official figures show.

The UK-wide figures have been released after the Bank Holiday, when only England released figures for both deaths and cases.

It comes as a further 141,825 people had their booster jab – bringing the total to 34,363,986, the latest figures show.

A further 19,158 people had a first dose, bringing the total to 51,820,652. Another 29,295 people had a second dose – bringing the total to 47,482,789.

The government data has been released after multiple hospitals declared critical incidents, with nurses calling for more restrictions “without delay”.

In a letter to Health Secretary Sajid Javid, the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) said the NHS could “ill afford” the current level of absences as it called for a “more cautious approach” to COVID restrictions in England.

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