UK records another 38,975 coronavirus cases

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Another 38,975 people in Britain have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 7,094,592, according to official figures released Wednesday.

The country also recorded another 191 coronavirus-related deaths. The total number of coronavirus-related deaths in Britain now stands at 133,674. These figures only include the deaths of people who died within 28 days of their first positive test.

The latest data came as the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have released provisional counts of the number of deaths registered in England and Wales in the week ending Aug. 27, 2021.

On death registrations where COVID-19 is mentioned on the death certificate, there were 769 deaths involving coronavirus in the week ending Aug. 27, an increase from 654 deaths in the week before.

"It's not surprising, for several reasons (vaccinations, changes in working patterns, the removal of lockdowns, and so on) that the people who, sadly, do die of reasons involving COVID-19, are on average younger than they were during the pandemic peak at the start of 2021," said professor Kevin McConway from the Open University.

Nearly 89 percent of people aged 16 and over in Britain have had their first dose of vaccine and more than 80 percent have received both doses, the latest figures showed.

More than half of all teenagers aged 16 to 17 in England have already received their first dose, just over four weeks after the green light was given for this age group to be offered the vaccine.

It comes as a new campaign has been launched on social media to encourage more vaccine uptake among younger adults and children eligible for the jab.

The chief medical officers of Britain's all four nations are reviewing the wider benefits of vaccinating healthy 12 to 15-year-olds, such as minimising school absences, after Britain's vaccine advisory body, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), declined to recommend a widespread rollout to the age group on health grounds alone.

To bring life back to normal, countries such as Britain, China, Germany, Russia and the United States have been racing against time to roll out coronavirus vaccines.

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