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Covid cases highest in six weeks as infections surge across UK – Boris under pressure


More than 40,000 new Covid cases have been recorded across the UK, marking the biggest rise in cases since July. This comes as Government data found more than 90,000,000 people have received a Covid jab.

On Friday the UK reported 42,076 new COVID-19 cases – a rise on Thursday’s 38,154.

The UK also recorded 121 deaths within 28 days of a positive test – down from 178 the previous day, according to government data.

It is the biggest jump in cases since July 21, when 44,104 cases were recorded.

Government data up to September 2 shows that of the 91,314,745 Covid jabs given in the UK.

Out of these 48,171,998 were first doses, a rise of 40,002 on the previous day.

Some 43,142,747 were second doses, an increase of 119,375.

Earlier this week, the UK reported the highest number of daily deaths from Covid since March.

A further 207 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for coronavirus as of Wednesday, the Government said.

The daily figure is the highest since March 9 when 231 deaths were reported.

This comes after COVID-19 vaccines for healthy children aged between 12 and 15 are not being recommended by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

Health Secretary Sajid Javid said he is “grateful” for the expert advice from the committee, adding that he and other health ministers from across the UK have written to the chief medical officers to “ask that they consider the vaccination of 12 to 15-year-olds from a broader perspective, as suggested by the JCVI”.

He added: “We will then consider the advice from the Chief Medical Officers, building on the advice from the JCVI, before making a decision shortly.”

Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), said: “We are pleased that coronavirus vaccinations will be offered to more children with health vulnerabilities and welcome the extra reassurance this will give to these young people and their families.

“However, we are disappointed that the JCVI has decided against recommending Covid vaccinations in general to children aged between 12 and 15.

“We understand that this decision has been made after making an assessment of the balance of risks and with all the available evidence, and we respect that decision.

“Nevertheless, the upshot is that this would make it more difficult during the autumn term and beyond to guard against educational disruption caused by transmission of the virus.”

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