London, October 18, 45 Another 140 people in the UK have tested positive for Covid-19 as the country recorded more than 40,000 cases of coronavirus on the fifth day in a row, according to official figures released on Sunday.
This brought the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 8,449,165, the Xinhua News Agency reported.
The country has also reported 57 other coronavirus-related deaths. The total number of coronavirus-related deaths in Britain now stands at 138,584. These figures only include deaths of people who have died within 28 days of their first positive test.
There are currently 7,086 patients hospitalized with Covid-19.
Meanwhile, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) estimated that the overall increase in cases means that one in 60 people in England had Covid during the week ending October 9, compared to one in 45 in Wales, one in 80 in Scotland and one in 120 in Northern Ireland.
According to the ONS, around 1 million people across the UK have had Covid-19 in the past week, as infections rose in England and Wales, but fell in Scotland.
“The latest ONS investigation into coronavirus infections shows a worsening of the infection across much of the UK. While vaccines appear to have lessened the impact of infections on hospitalizations and deaths, the latest data shows infection rates are skyrocketing, “said Dr Simon Clarke, associate professor of cellular microbiology, University of Reading.
More than 85% of people aged 12 and over in Britain have received their first dose of the vaccine and over 78% have received both doses, according to the latest figures.
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