THE UK’S Covid death toll has risen by 207 – the highest daily total in six months.
Another 35,693 new cases were also reported in the latest 24-hour period.
Commuters cross London Bridge as more workers return to the officeCredit: LNP
The latest figures bring the total number of infections since the start of the pandemic to 6,825,074.
And the total number of fatalities now stands at a grim 132,742.
Today’s deaths are more than four times the 50 reported yesterday and the 40 on Bank Holiday Monday.
The number of daily fatalities is also up significantly from 149 a week ago and the 119 recorded on August 4.
The number of people testing positive for the virus has also increased from the 32,181 reported yesterday, but it is down slightly from the 35,847 last week.
However, cases have risen since August 4, when there were 29,312 new infections.
It is not known why there has been such a sharp increase, but there is often a lag in recording both cases and deaths over weekends and bank holidays.
The UK is fast approaching the 100 million mark of vaccinations.
A whopping 90,994,627 doses have been administered up to August 31.
This includes 48,086,605 first jabs, of which 38,596 were given yesterday.
A further 117,437 second doses were administered on the same day, bringing the total to 42,908,022.
It comes as…
While vaccines offer significant protection against the virus – particularly against severe illness and death – a new study has warned that jabs have lost some of their effectiveness.
Data from the US now shows that vaccine effectiveness in preventing hospitalisations has fallen as low as 75 per cent against the Delta variant.
This is down from 95 per cent efficacy when the jabs first started to be rolled out in 2020, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said.
The data found that the Pfizer and Moderna jabs were still 95 per cent effective at preventing serious cases of Covid.
And it was previously reported that in England, the vaccine programme has helped save 100,000 lives.