There have been more than eight million confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK and almost 138,000 people have died, government figures show.
However, these figures include only people who have died within 28 days of testing positive for coronavirus.
So far, about 86% of people aged 12 and over in the UK have had their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine and about 79% have had their second.
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Note: Vaccination data now includes 12-15 year olds so the percentages for England, Scotland and Northern Ireland will all be lower than they were previously.
Daily cases remain high
After falling at the end of July, the average number of daily confirmed cases climbed and fell a number of times during August and early September. The last couple of days have seen numbers creep up again.
A further 40,224 confirmed cases were announced on Monday.
The recent spikes have been driven by the Delta variant, which spreads faster than the previously most common Kent variant (now named Alpha).
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said the virus “still remains a risk” but that he was “confident we can protect the gains we’ve made together”.
It is thought the infection rate in the first peak of the virus in spring last year was much higher than was evident from the reported number of cases. Testing capacity was then too limited to detect the true number of daily cases.
The red areas on the map below show the places currently seeing the highest number of cases per 100,000 people.
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Vaccine rollout continuing
More than 49 million people, or about 86% of those aged 12 and over in the UK, have now received a first dose of a vaccine.
The number of people who have received a second vaccine dose is now more than 45 million, or about 79% of people aged 12 and over.
The UK Health Security Agency, which replaced Public Health England, estimates that, up to 24 September, the UK vaccination programme has prevented about 24 million infections, 260,000 hospitalisations and 127,500 deaths.
More than 41 million people in England have had one vaccine dose.
In Scotland, more than 4.2 million people have had their first shot, while the figure is approaching 2.4 million in Wales and it is 1.3 million in Northern Ireland.
All those aged 16 and over can get a Covid vaccine, as well as children with underlying health conditions who are aged 12 and above.
Healthy children aged 12 to 15 are now also being offered one dose of a vaccine.
All four nations of the UK are beginning to offer booster jabs to over-50s, younger adults with health conditions and frontline health and social care workers.
Daily deaths have steadied
There were 28 deaths within 28 days of a positive test reported on Monday.
Of those deaths, 15 were in England, five in Northern Ireland and eight in Wales. There were no deaths reported in Scotland.
England has seen the majority of UK deaths since the pandemic began, with more than 120,000 so far.
Prof Chris Whitty, the UK government’s chief medical adviser, has urged those not yet vaccinated to get the jab as soon as possible, saying: “Winter is coming and people really should take this seriously.”
He said data showed that in every age bracket there is a “very substantially smaller” risk of being admitted to hospital and dying with Covid for people who have been vaccinated.
Hospital numbers stabilising
The most recent government figures show 6,728 people with coronavirus in hospital in the UK, up slightly from 6,592 a week earlier.
Of those in hospital with coronavirus, 780 are in mechanical ventilation beds – using ventilators to help them breathe.
Although numbers of hospital patients with coronavirus are higher than they were over the summer, they are far below the peak of nearly 40,000 people back in January.
Looking at Covid patients in hospital by region, the numbers are higher than in the summer but have remained steady in most regions for several weeks.
Death toll could be 160,000
When looking at the overall death toll from coronavirus, official figures count deaths in three different ways, each giving a slightly different number.
First, government figures – the ones reported each day – count people who died within 28 days of testing positive for coronavirus. This figure is now approaching 138,000.
According to the latest ONS figures, the UK has now seen more than 160,000 deaths – that’s all those deaths where coronavirus was mentioned on the death certificate even if the person had not been tested for the virus.
The third measure counts all deaths over and above the usual number at the time of year – that figure was a little under 130,000 to 24 September.
In total, there were 12,247 deaths registered in the week to 24 September, which was 16% above the five-year average.
Of the total deaths, 1,108 were related to coronavirus, 59 more than the previous week.
There have been more deaths involving Covid than “excess” deaths since the start of the pandemic, meaning non-Covid deaths must be below usual levels.
This could be down to the milder flu season last winter – due to less travel and more social distancing – and because some people who might have died for other reasons had there been no pandemic, died of Covid.
What is the R number?
The “R number” is the average number of people an infected person will pass the disease on to.
If R is below one, then the number of people contracting the disease will fall; if it is above one, the number will grow.
The government has said in the past that the R number is one of the most important factors in making policy decisions.
The latest R number estimate for England is 0.9 to 1.1, while for Scotland it is 0.7 to 1.0, for Wales it is 0.8 to 1.1 and for Northern Ireland it is 0.95 to 1.05.