UK records 120 COVID deaths, cases up by 2.4%

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London: Britain has reported 37,578 new cases of COVID-19, government data showed on Saturday, meaning cases reported between Aug. 29 and Sept. 4 were up 2.4% compared with the previous seven days.

A further 120 people were reported as having died within 28 days of a positive test for COVID-19, leaving the seven-day total unchanged from the previous week.

A total of 48.21 million people had received a first dose of a vaccine against coronavirus by the end of September 3 and 43.25 million people had received a second dose.

Germany’s top health official is urging more citizens to get vaccinated, warning on Saturday that if the vaccination numbers don’t go up the country’s hospitals may get overwhelmed by COVID-19 patients toward the end of the year.

“We need at least 5 million vaccinations for a safe autumn and winter,” Health Minister Jens Spahn tweeted.

More than 61% of the German population, or 50.9 million people, are fully vaccinated, but that’s less than in other European countries. The daily vaccination rate has been dropping for weeks, while new infection cases have been going up again.

On Saturday, Germany’s disease control agency reported 10,835 new COVID-19 cases, up from 10,303 a week ago.

“The number of people who have been vaccinated is too low to prevent an overburdening of the health system,” the health minister told the Hannoversche Zeitung.

He said currently 90% of COVID-19 patients in intensive care are unvaccinated, the German news agency dpa reported.

Reuters and AP

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