The UK has registered 30,597 new COVID cases and a further 201 coronavirus-related deaths, with the number of coronavirus patients in hospital exceeding 8,000 for the seventh day in a row.
The total number of people in the hospital with coronavirus in the UK is currently at 8,340 – it has been over 8,000 in eight of the last nine days.
Prior to this, the figures had last exceeded the 8,000 mark in early March.
At this point last year, there were a total of 1,066 COVID-19 patients in hospital across the UK.
The number of patients in mechanical ventilation beds is currently at 1,060 – the number has been over 1,000 every day since the last day of August. Before this, the last time the number was so high in mid-March.
The cases and deaths compare with the 26,628 infections and 185 deaths recorded yesterday and the 38,975 infections and 191 deaths recorded this time last week.
This is the highest number of deaths recorded within 28 days of a positive COVID-19 test since September 7, when 209 were announced.
Meanwhile, a further 21,478 people had their first coronavirus vaccine dose on Tuesday, bringing the total to 48,480,178.
A further 61,627 people received their second dose, bringing the total number of fully vaccinated people in the UK to 44,170,373.
The latest data shows that 134,647 people died within 28 days of a positive COVID-19 test, and it has been there 7,312,683 laboratory-confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic last year.
Earlier Wednesday was one The World Health Organization (WHO) special envoy on coronavirus told Sky News the government must be prepared to move quickly from “Plan A to Plan B” to curb infections if they rise rapidly
Professor David Nabarro said: “Speed is crucial. We’ve been through this before and we know, as a result of past experience, that acting fast and acting quite robustly is the way to get on top of this virus, so life can continue. “
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The government’s Plan A consists of a booster -jabs campaign starting next week, and guidance on people meeting outdoors or opening windows if they are indoors.
People will also be advised to wear a face mask in crowded and closed places, wash their hands often and use the NHS COVID-19 app.
Plan B may include vaccine passports, mandatory masks and guidance from home.
Later this week was The UK travel list will be updated with Jamaica among the countries at risk of being moved to the Red List.