UK reports 34,574 more coronavirus cases and another 38 deaths

The UK has recorded 34,574 more COVID-19 cases and 38 deaths in the latest 24-hour period, government figures show.

That compares to 133 deaths and 34,950 infections yesterday, and 43 and 30,439 this time last week.

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A total of 49,158,835 people have now had their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine (85.5% of the population aged 12 and over), after a further 26,157 jabs were given yesterday.

Another 32,755 people have now had both doses, bringing the number of those fully vaccinated to 45,168,344 (78.5%).

The number of people in hospital with the disease is unchanged at 6,763, with 808 on ventilators.

Meanwhile, there are warnings of a “twindemic”, with both COVID-19 and flu circulating together for the first time this year.

Early evidence suggests that those who catch both are twice as likely to die.

Ahead of an uncertain winter, Jenny Harries, chief executive of the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), also warned there could be multiple strains of flu.

Speaking to Sky’s Trevor Phillips on Sunday, she said many people do not realise that flu can be fatal.

“Recent studies suggest that about 25% of us don’t actually understand that,” she said. “On average, over the last five years, about 11,000 people have died with flu-related conditions.”

She added: “The important thing about this winter is we are likely to see flu – for the first time in any real numbers – co-circulating with COVID.”