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UK records 32,367 new COVID cases and 34 more deaths

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Another 32,367 COVID-19 cases and 34 deaths were reported across the UK in the latest 24-hour period.

The figures, released on Saturday, compare with 35,707 COVID cases and 29 deaths the day before – the highest number of infections since 22 January when 40,261 cases were recorded.

Cases in the past week have risen by 30.7% compared with the previous week while deaths in that period have risen by 43.1%.

Another 88,675 people had their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine in the UK on Thursday, taking the total to 45,786,550 – 86.8% of the adult population.

A total of 166,883 people had their second jab, meaning 34,541,129 (65.3% of adults) are now fully vaccinated.

The number of hospital admissions was 509 on 5 July, the latest data available shows.

In the seven days up to that date, 2,872 people were admitted to hospital – an increase of 55.9% on the previous week.

There have now been 153,000 deaths registered in the UK where COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, new figures from the Office for National Statistics show.