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

COVID-19 cases have risen by 30.7% in the past week while deaths have increased by 43.1%
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Coronavirus cases, hospital admissions and deaths across the UK have risen in the past week, with 32,367 COVID cases and 34 deaths reported 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.

COVID-19: UK records 35,707 new coronavirus cases and 29 more deaths
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.

The newest statistics come nine days before most restrictions are due to be lifted in England as part of step four of the lifting of lockdown, although the final decision will be made on Monday.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson this week said the UK will have to learn to live with the virus as he hailed the success of the vaccine rollout and said the majority of those being admitted to hospital are unvaccinated.

But scientists have urged ministers to reconsider the plans as they described abandoning restrictions as a “dangerous and unethical experiment”.

In a letter published in The Lancet, 122 British scientists said the exponential growth of the virus “will likely continue until millions more are infected, leaving hundreds of thousands with long-term illness and disability”.

They also said they are concerned the strategy “provides fertile ground for the emergence of vaccine-resistant variants”.

Mr Johnson said he wanted to move from “government diktat” towards personal responsibility, removing legal requirements for measures such as mask wearing.