Image: New cases recorded in the UK have exceeded the 40,000 mark for the fourth consecutive day
The UK has recorded a further 148 COVID-related deaths and 43,423 new cases in the latest 24-hour reporting period, government figures show.
It is the fourth consecutive day the number of new coronavirus infections has exceeded the 40,000 mark.
Some 39,351 people had their first vaccine dose on Friday, while 28,258 got their second, bringing the total number of people fully vaccinated to 45,325,489 in the UK – 78.8% of over 12s.
COVID-related deaths, infections and hospitalisations have all been on the rise over the last week or so, as the UK heads into the winter months and the weather has begun to dip.
The figures come a day after testing was suspended at a laboratory in Wolverhampton after around 43,000 people were given the wrong results over the course of a month.
Most of the false negatives were in southwest England, the UK Health Security Agency said.
There has been positive news for the international travel industry this week though, with the US setting a date that its border will open to fully vaccinated foreign travellers.Internet Explorer Channel Network