BREAKING NEWS: Another 182 Covid deaths recorded and 36,710 new cases

© REUTERS The City of London financial district can be seen as people walk along the south side of the River Thames, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in London

The UK has recorded 182 more deaths within 28 days of a positive Covid-19 test in the past 24 hours.

This brings the total to bringing the UK total to 135,803.

On Wednesday, 166 deaths were recorded. The figure is down from Tuesday when 203 deaths were recorded. By comparison on Monday, 49 deaths were reported.

Additionally, as of 9am Thursday, 36,710 new cases were reported.

Government data up to September 22 shows that of the 93,274,224 Covid jabs given in the UK, 48,674,154 were first doses, a rise of 29,462 on the previous day.

Some 44,600,070 were second doses, an increase of 44,065.

Earlier on Thursday, Professor Dame Sarah Gilbert, whose work led to the development of the Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 jab, told a Royal Society of Medicine webinar the virus will weaken over time and “eventually” become like others such as the common cold.

“We already live with four different human coronaviruses that we don’t really ever think about very much and eventually Sars-CoV-2 will become one of those,” she said.

“It’s just a question of how long it’s going to take to get there and what measures we’re going to have to take to manage it in the meantime.”

Meanwhile, the Covid-19 vaccination programme in England is estimated to have prevented 123,100 deaths, according to new figures from Public Health England.

Previous estimates had put the number at 112,300 deaths.

Estimates for the number of hospital admissions among people aged 45 and over directed averted by vaccinations in England are unchanged, at 230,800.

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