UK COVID cases fall for fifth day in a row as country records 29,173 new infections

The number of new COVID cases in the UK has continued to fall for a fifth day, according to government data. The country has recorded 29,173 new cases, compared to 31,795 infections recorded on Satu

UK COVID cases fall for fifth day in a row as country records 29,173 new infections

The number of new COVID cases in the UK has continued to fall for a fifth day, according to government data.

The country has recorded 29,173 new cases, compared to 31,795 infections recorded on Saturday, and 48,161 recorded this time last week.

No data has been released on COVID-related deaths due to technical difficulties. On Saturday, 86 deaths were reported and 58 were recorded at the same time last week.

The number of people to have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine has risen by 43,454, taking the total to 46,563,452.

And 37,160,659 people have now been double jabbed after 206,968 adults had their second vaccination yesterday.

Meanwhile, analysis by Labour has shown nearly six million Britons could have their travel plans ruined if Spain and Greece get added to a new "amber plus" list, requiring isolation on return to the UK.

It comes after the government introduced an exemption for the requirement to isolate at home for 10 days for fully vaccinated holidaymakers returning from countries on the amber list.

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But ministers removed the exemption for France amid concerns over the Beta variant, creating what critics call an "amber plus" designation on the traffic light system for foreign travel.

There has been speculation that Greece and Spain could face the same measures as France, though this has not been confirmed.

Earlier, Sajid Javid apologised for a tweet he posted on Saturday that said people should no longer "cower from" coronavirus.

The health secretary, who has deleted the original tweet, said: "I was expressing gratitude that the vaccines help us fight back as a society, but it was a poor choice of word and I sincerely apologise."