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There have been more than six million confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK

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There have been more than six million confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK and over 130,000 people have died, government figures show.

However, these figures include only people who have died within 28 days of testing positive for coronavirus.

Almost 90% of adults in the UK have now had their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine and 75% have had their second.

Government statistics show 130,503 people have now died, with 146 deaths reported in the latest 24-hour period. In total, 6,117,540 people have tested positive, up 23,510 in the latest 24-hour period. Latest figures show 5,909 people in hospital. In total, 47,091,889 people have received their first vaccination. Updated 10 Aug.

The average number of daily confirmed cases has fallen in recent weeks. It is now showing signs of a small rise.

A further 23,510 confirmed cases in the UK were announced on Tuesday.

The recent rise in cases was driven by the Delta variant, which spreads faster than the previously most common Kent variant (now named Alpha).

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has lifted all legal restrictions in England but he has urged the public to remain cautious, saying the pandemic is not over.

Recent data suggests that the vaccination programme has reduced hospital admissions and deaths, with a fewer than one in 1,000 infections now estimated to result in death – compared with one in 60 during last winter.

It is thought the infection rate in the first peak of the virus in spring last year was much higher than was evident from the reported number of cases. Testing capacity was then too limited to detect the true number of daily cases.

The red areas on the map below show the places currently seeing the highest number of cases per 100,000 people.

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Coronavirus across the UK

Rates for cases and deaths for nations, regions and local authorities have been updated to use the latest population estimates for mid-2020, published by the Office for National Statistics.

More than 47 million people – or 89% of all UK adults – have now received a first dose of a vaccine and nearly 40 million people, or 75% of all adults, have had a second.

In total, more than 39.5 million people in England have had one vaccine dose.

In Scotland, over four million people have had their first shot, while the figure is about 2.3 million in Wales and 1.2 million in Northern Ireland.

Everyone over the age of 18 across the UK can now book a vaccine. The vaccine is also being offered to 16 and 17-year-olds in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. In Scotland, 16 and 17-year-olds can register their interest online.

Number of daily deaths low

There were 146 deaths within 28 days of a positive test reported on Tuesday. The total is often higher on a Tuesday because there is a delay in reporting deaths at the weekend.

Of those deaths, 132 were in England, 11 were in Scotland, two in Northern Ireland and one in Wales.

Rules were amended last summer to include deaths in the coronavirus total only if they occurred within 28 days of a positive test. Previously in England, all deaths after a positive test were included.

England has seen the majority of UK deaths from Covid-19. Using the 28-day cut-off, there have been nearly 115,000.
The most recent government figures show at least 5,909 people with coronavirus in hospital in the UK. A week ago that figure was 6,170.

Although numbers climbed in recent weeks, they are far below the peak of nearly 40,000 people back in January.

Patient numbers have also started to level off across the country, albeit at different rates, as the chart below shows.

Patient groups and hospital staff have warned that lives are being put at risk by the huge backlog of treatment left by the pandemic.

In-depth analysis by BBC News found nearly a third of hospitals have seen long waits increase, major disruption to cancer services and a fall in GP referrals and screening services.

Death toll could be above 150,000

When looking at the overall death toll from coronavirus, official figures count deaths in three different ways, each giving a slightly different number.

First, government figures count people who died within 28 days of testing positive for coronavirus – and that total is now more than 130,000.

According to the latest ONS figures, the UK has now seen more than 154,000 deaths – that’s all those deaths where coronavirus was mentioned on the death certificate even if the person had not been tested for the virus.

Chart shows three ways of measuring deaths from Covid – the government figure of 130,503 includes all deaths within 28 days of a positive result, the ONS counts all death certificate mentions and that figure is now 154,202, the excess death figures is the number of deaths over and above the usual total and that figure is now 118,052
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The third measure counts all deaths over and above the usual number at the time of year – that figure was more than 118,000 to 30 July.

In total, there were 11,573 deaths registered in the week to 30 July, which was 12% above the five-year average.

Of the total deaths, 468 were related to coronavirus, 76 more than in the previous week.

There have now been more deaths involving Covid than “excess” deaths, which means non-Covid deaths must be below usual levels.

This could be because of a milder flu season – resulting from less travel and more social distancing – and because some people who might have died for other reasons had there been no pandemic, died of Covid.