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UK records 29,547 new COVID infections and 156 further deaths

The UK has recorded 156 further coronavirus-related deaths and 29,547 new COVID-19 infections in the latest 24-hour period.

The government figures compare with 147 coronavirus-related deaths and 37,622 new COVID-19 infections reported on Friday.

A further 25,019 first vaccine doses were administered in the latest 24 hours, taking the first dose total to 48,395,359 or 89% of those aged 16 and above.

Some 89,832 people received their second dose, taking the total of double-jabbed people in the country to 43,895,440 (80.8% of those aged 16 and above).

Meanwhile, the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), released on Friday, showed that COVID rates in England rose in children aged two to those in school year 11 (aged 15/16), and for those aged 35 to 49 in the week to 3 September.

Figures for the same time period showed that the infection rate in Scotland was the highest recorded, and the rate in Wales was the highest seen since Christmas.

About one in 45 people in Scotland had COVID-19 in the week to 3 September, according to estimates from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

This is equivalent to about 117,300 people, it said.

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