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Covid cases in UK rocket to highest daily level in two months as 140 deaths reported

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Government data showed 38,281 new cases and 140 new deaths within 28 days of a positive Covid test recorded on Thursday. It marks the highest level of new infections since July 22, where 39,315 cases and 84 deaths were recorded.  

The new figures mean the UK has recorded a total of 6,628,709 cases and 132,143 deaths.

Cases have risen in all English regions except London and Yorkshire & the Humber, according to Public Health England’s (PHE) latest weekly surveillance report. 

London has the lowest rate of coronavirus infections in England at 247.3 coronavirus cases per 100,000 people. 

Southwest England has the highest rate with 481.7 cases per 100,000 in the seven days to August 22.

Vaccinations have been praised by PHE for successfully curbing deaths from Covid despite the surge in infections.

In its latest update, PHE estimated between 102,500 and 109,500 deaths have been directly prevented by the vaccination programme.

In total, 47,860,628 first doses and 42,234,417 second doses have been administered, equalling 88.1 percent and 77.7 percent of the population over 16 respectively as of Wednesday. 

However, analysis from the ZOE Covid app study of over 400,000 people suggested Covid protection is falling in fully-vaccinated people.

Five to six months after receiving both Pfizer doses, the app found the efficacy of the jabs fell from 88 percent to 74 percent in protecting against Covid.

Four to five months after receiving both AstraZeneca doses, the jabs efficacy fell to 74 percent.

It comes after the ZOE COVID Study identified five “cold-like” symptoms of coronavirus in those fully vaccinated.

Professor Tim Spector, lead scientist on the ZOE COVID Study app, said: “According to data from the ZOE COVID Study, fully vaccinated people now make up nearly 30 percent of positive cases and so it’s critical to be aware of the symptoms of Covid after vaccination.

“Our data shows post-vaccination infections are much more like a cold than the flu, with the top symptoms being runny nose, headache, sneezing, sore throat and loss of smell.

“We’re again calling on the government to add these cold-like symptoms to their list to help educate the public and catch more cases.”

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