“A further group of almost 200,000 people have received their first COVID vaccination, taking the total of vaccinated people up to 42,021,089.”
The UK government has reported 9,055 new COVID 19 cases, this is the highest daily total of cases since February of this year.
There has also been 9 more death COVID 19 related deaths in the latest 2 day period, according to government data.
The figures announced on Tuesday compare with 7,673 cases and 10 deaths while around the same time last week there were 7,540 cases and six deaths were recorded.
Yesterday’s number of cases was the highest recorded total since the 25th February when 9,985 new cases of the virus had been reported.
This news comes as 190,033 more UK citizens have had their first COVID vaccination, bringing up the total to 42,021,089.
A total so far of 230,666 people have also had their second vaccination, meaning 30,440,373 up until now have been fully vaccinated in the UK.
Yesterday marked a milestone in the vaccination drive when the Uk government announced that more than 30 million people had received both jabs, this is happening as the country tries to tackle the spread of the Delta variant, first detected in India.
Around a million adults aged 21 and 22 are now able to book their COVID vaccinations. Some 972,000 text messages are being sent out, inviting them to book appointments to get both jabs via the national booking system.
And those aged 18 to 20 years old are expected to be able to book their appointments by the end of the week.
The government had feared that younger people, who face a much lower risk of any serious illness from COVID-19, might be reluctant to be vaccinated.
But NHS chief executive, Sir Simon Stevens, said that the response has seen these fears “blown out of the water”.
Health secretary Matt Hancock has also confirmed in the last 24 hours that COVID vaccinations will be mandatory for care home staff in the UK, the government is consulting on creating the same policy for NHS workers.
As COVID cases have risen over the last few days, The Public Health England’s strategic COVID 19 response director has revealed there are 25 coronavirus variants that are causing concern and are being monitored.
Dr Susan Hopkins told the parliamentary science and and tech committee: “We’re living in a world of variants now, so everything we see is a variation of the original.”
She said a further eight variants are “under investigation”, along side the 25 variants that are being monitored.