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UK records 36,389 new COVID cases – third daily drop in a row and down 15,000 on last Friday

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The number of new COVID cases in the UK has fallen for the third day in a row, according to government data.

The country has recorded 36,389 new cases and 64 more coronavirus-related deaths in the latest 24-hour period.

The number of infections is down by more than 15,000 compared with this time last week, when 51,870 were reported along with 49 deaths.

Yesterday, 39,906 infections and 84 fatalities were announced.

Some 43,000 people had their first jab yesterday, meaning that 46,476,845 have now received at least one COVID vaccine dose in the UK.

Another 174,742 people had their second shot, bringing the total number of those now fully inoculated against coronavirus to 36,762,646.

The latest vaccine numbers do not include figures from Wales.

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According to the most recent data, hospitalisations are also up.

Some 870 COVID patients were admitted to hospital on 19 July and 5,322 were admitted in the last seven days – a 28% weekly rise.

Since the pandemic began, a total of 129,044 people in the UK have died within 28 days of testing positive for COVID-19.

It comes as figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show one in 75 people in England are likely to have had COVID-19 last week – the highest number since the end of January.

In England the estimated number testing positive for COVID-19 in the community was 741,700 in the week to 17 July.

Other figures indicated the R value – which represents the average number of people each COVID-positive person goes on to infect – was the same as last week.

It is estimated to be between 1.2 and 1.4.

When the figure is above 1, an outbreak can grow exponentially but when it is below 1, it means the coronavirus epidemic is shrinking.