COVID-19: UK Records 34,526 New Cases and 167 More Coronavirus-Related Deaths, Daily Figures Show | UK News

The UK has recorded 34,526 new COVID cases and 167 more coronavirus-related deaths in the last 24-hour period, according to government data.

Figures compare to 37,960 infections and 40 deaths reported on monday, while this time last week 31,564 cases and 203 deaths were announced.

There are currently 7,000 COVID patients in the hospital.

Meanwhile, another 24,919 people received their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine on Monday, bringing the total number who have received a needle stick to 48,765,726 (89.7% of those over the age of 16).

Another 33,177 received their second dose on Monday, meaning that 44,799,748 are now fully vaccinated in the UK (82.4%).

Since the start of the pandemic, a total of 136,375 people have died in the UK within 28 days of a positive COVID test, government data shows.

Separate figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed a total of 851 deaths that mentioned COVID-19 on the death certificate were recorded in England and Wales in the week ending September 17, 1% less than the last week.

Around one in 13 (7.7%) of deaths recorded in England and Wales up to that week mentioned the coronavirus on the death certificate.

A total of 161,446 deaths mentioning COVID on the death certificate have occurred in the UK, the ONS said.

The highest number in a single day occurred on January 19.

During the first wave of the virus, the daily death toll peaked at 1,461 on April 8, 2020.

It comes as Boris Johnson promised to appoint someone to chair the public inquiry into the coronavirus pandemic by Christmas.

The prime minister also said he supported the National COVID Memorial Wall and suggested that it could become a permanent national monument to the pandemic.

Meanwhile, ONS research found that more than one in 10 high school students and more than a third of school personnel who have had COVID have had ongoing symptoms.

Both staff and students commonly reported weakness and tiredness, while staff were more likely to experience shortness of breath.

The ONS estimates that 35.7% of staff and 12.3% of students who previously tested positive for COVID reported ongoing symptoms more than a month after contracting the virus.

About 15.5% of staff and 9.4% of students said that their ability to perform daily tasks had been significantly reduced.

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