29 Sep COVID-19: UK records 36,722 new cases and a further 150 deaths, government data shows | UK News
Britain has recorded 36,722 new COVID-19 infections and 150 deaths within 28 days of a positive test, data published today shows.
Data showed 34,526 cases and 167 deaths were reported on Tuesday.
According to the government’s website, on Wednesday last week the UK recorded 34,460 cases and 166 deaths within 28 days of a positive test.
Since the beginning of the pandemic in March, 136,525 people have died within 28 days of a positive test.
There are currently 6,976 COVID patients in hospital.
Government data up to 28 September shows that of the 93,630,859 COVID jabs given in the UK, 48,797,579 were first doses, a rise of 31,853 on the previous day.
Some 44,833,280 were second doses, an increase of 33,532.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised families who lost loved ones to the virus that a chair of a public inquiry will be appointed by Christmas.
Mr Johnson held talks with members of the COVID-19 Bereaved Families for Justice group in Downing Street on Tuesday.
But he faced accusations of adding “insult to injury” by putting off meeting them for more than a year.
The prime minister announced in May that an independent public inquiry into the government’s handling of the pandemic would begin next spring.
Mr Johnson also suggested the National COVID Memorial Wall could become a permanent tribute to those whose lives were claimed by the pandemic, describing the meeting as “very emotional”.
It was announced on Tuesday that a 12-week trial will attempt to determine whether Vitamin A nasal drops can help people who have lost their sense of smell after having coronavirus.
More than a third of COVID patients have shown at least one long-term symptom three to six months after being infected, research by Oxford University and the National Institute for Health Research found.
One in 10 secondary school pupils with COVID-19 suffered ongoing symptoms, according to a study by the Office for National Statistics and Public Health England.
The data also found more than a third of school staff also experienced symptoms a month after getting the virus.
Research conducted in June this year found more than two million people in England could have been affected by long COVID.