According to official data, the UK has registered 89,176 new COVID-19 cases and 288 new deaths.

Iran Press/ Europe: Meanwhile, another 52,956 people had their booster jab yesterday, taking the UK total to 37,157,898.

Also, 15,706 more people received their first dose, meaning an overall figure of 52,297,579.

The latest figures from the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) mean that every 10 people infected with coronavirus will on average pass the disease to between seven and nine other people.

The UKHSA said the number of cases each day is likely shrinking.

The daily growth of infections was estimated at between -6% to -2%, compared with -6% to +1% the previous week.

Meanwhile, the latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows infection rates and hospitalizations decreased across England in the week ending 23 January.

The infection rate fell to 4.82%, while hospitalizations of COVID patients decreased to 16.01 per 100,000 people.

However, the number of deaths involving COVID rose to 1,308 in the week ending 14 January.

 

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