The UK has recorded 25,161 new cases of COVID-19 and 37 additional coronavirus-related deaths in the last 24-hour period, according to government data.
The numbers compare to 27,429 infections and 39 deaths reported on Sunday, while this time last week 21,952 cases and 24 deaths have been announced.
Since the start of the pandemic, a total of 130,357 people have died in the UK within 28 days of testing positive for coronavirus, and there were 6,094,243 confirmed infections.
Meanwhile, 22,843 people received their first dose of a COVID vaccine Sunday, bringing the total to 47,059,639.
And 122,070 had their second jab, which means that 39,551,538 are now fully inoculated.
Last week the government launched a new campaign urging young people to get vaccinated or risk missing “the good times.”
And the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) suggest vaccine reluctance among young people has decreased.
The ONS survey looked at attitudes towards the jab between June 13 and July 18 and found that hesitation among 16-17 year olds fell from 14% to 11%.
Among 18-21 year olds reluctance fell from 9% to 5% and there was also a slight decrease for 22-25 year olds from 10% to 9%.
Meanwhile, Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng told Sky News he would like staff from his department to enter the office. “at least” two or three days a week.
He said: “I think we should try to come maybe 2-3 days a week at least.
“But it’s a gradual process, no one is forced to back down against their will.
“You have to make the environment very safe, but I think it’s probably a good thing to spend more time at work during the week, that’s just a personal point of view.”
Chancellor Rishi Sunak last week talked about the benefits of working in an office, highlighting the positive impact he had on his early career.
In addition, Health Secretary Sajid Javid wrote to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to request a “rapid high-level” review of the PCR testing costs for travelers.
PCR tests, which use a swab to detect the virus, typically cost around £ 75 for those who need them to travel abroad, but some have complained that there is a significant price difference between more than 400 companies that offer tests.
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“The cost of PCR testing can be a barrier, especially for families who wish to travel together,” Javid said in his letter to CMA Director General Andrea Coscelli.
“It is not fair that some families are still suffering further disruption unnecessarily due to practices in the private travel testing market.”
© Sky News 2021