Covid cases: UK records 32,417 new daily infections up 15 per cent in a week

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Students get a Covid-19 test at a mass testing centre set up at the sports centre at St Andrews University, ahead of the Christmas holiday (PA)
Students get a Covid-19 test at a mass testing centre set up at the sports centre at St Andrews University, ahead of the Christmas holiday (PA)

A total 32,417 new cases of coronavirus were recorded on Sunday when figures showed a 15 per cent rise in one week.

The UK reported 58 more deaths within 28 days of a positive test, according to the latest government data.

In the last seven days, 239,342 people tested positive for Covid compared to 207,8368 the previous week.

However, hospital admissions were down by 16.2 per cent, with 5,602 people admitted in the past week.

A further 965 deaths were recorded over the past week, 38 less than last week.

The UK’s vaccine rollout continues at some pace with 69,057 vaccines administered on Saturday including 22,540 first doses and 46,517 second doses.

It means 89.6 per cent of the adult population are now fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

Health chiefs are preparing to use a “hyper local” approach in a bid to convince the one million unvaccinated adult Londoners to get jabbed.

Only 22,442 Londoners received a first dose in the last week and fewer than 80,000 doses were administered in total across the capital, latest NHS England figures revealed.

Government data up to September 25 shows that 93,461,887 Covid jabs have now been given in the UK.

More than 44.7 million Britons have been fully vaccinated.

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