The UK has registered a further 49,139 new COVID cases and 179 virus-related deaths, the latest figures show.
The case figure is highest since 17 July, as there were 54,674 cases.
A total of 320,594 cases have been registered in the last week – an increase of 17.2%.
The figures show that there were a further 42,902 first doses of a COVID the vaccine administered during the last 24-hour period – meaning that a total of 49,505,327 people have had at least one sting.
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A total of 45,433,757 people are fully vaccinated, an increase of 32,767 compared to the previous day.
Vaccine numbers now include children aged 12 to 16 years.
The death toll from the United Kingdom with a 28-day positive COVID test now stands at 139,031. Separate figures published by the Office for National Statistics show that 164,000 deaths have now been recorded in the UK, with COVID-19 mentioned on the death certificate.
There are currently no figures for the number of virus-related deaths a week since October 13th.
On Wednesday, business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng insisted who will not be another national lockdown after an NHS leader warned that “Plan B” corona restrictions must be enforced immediately to prevent “a winter crisis”.
NHS Confederation Executive Director Matthew Taylor called on the government to bring back certain measures, including mandatory face-dressing in public places, and told Sky News: “The overwhelming evidence is that we really need to act.”
It’s coming after White House announced that children as young as five in the United States receive vaccine doses within weeks.
Officials said the Pfizer vaccine is expected to be approved for younger children so they can be vaccinated at their pediatrician, local pharmacy or even their school.