Further 26,000 Covid cases and 71 deaths recorded

A further 26,144 lab-confirmed Covid-19 cases have been recorded in the UK as at 9am on Saturday, the Government said.

A further 71 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Saturday, bringing the UK total to 129,654.

Separate figures published by the Office for National Statistics show there have been 154,000 deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.


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The latest figures come as the debate over "no jab, no job" gathers pace.

Employers pursuing a "no jab, no job" policy have been cautioned by the equalities watchdog to be "proportionate" and "non-discriminatory".

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) said it understood firms will want to protect their staff and their customers from Covid by requiring employees to be vaccinated, but it advises them to take other factors into consideration.

Scotland:

Scotland reported 1,018 new cases of coronavirus and carried out 22,725 new tests.

There were nine new reported death(s) of people who have tested positive (noting that Register Offices are now generally closed at weekends)  

Wales:

No update has yet been released for July 31.

Northern Ireland

Eight more deaths of patients who had tested positive for Covid-19 have been reported in Northern Ireland.

The Department of Health said there had also been 1,117 new confirmed cases of the virus in the last 24-hour reporting period.