500 further coronavirus cases and two more deaths recorded in South Lanarkshire

The number of coronavirus cases in South Lanarkshire increased by 500 in the last 24 hours, official figures show – and two more deaths were recorded.

A Coronavirus testing centre in Dalston, east London. There were a further 6,042 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK as of 9am on Saturday, taking the overall number to 429,277. A further 34 deaths were recorded.

The number of coronavirus cases in South Lanarkshire increased by 500 in the last 24 hours, official figures show – and two more deaths were recorded.

A total of 32,443 people had been confirmed as testing positive for Covid-19 in South Lanarkshire when the UK coronavirus daily dashboard was updated on September 1 (Wednesday), up from 31,943 on Tuesday.

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The rate of infection in South Lanarkshire now stands at 10,113 cases per 100,000 people, far higher than the Scotland average of 7,989.

Across the UK, the number of recorded cases increased by 35,493 over the period, to 6,825,074.

There were also two more coronavirus deaths recorded in the latest 24-hour period in South Lanarkshire.

The dashboard shows 665 people had died in the area by September 1 (Wednesday) – up from 663 on Tuesday.

It means there have been four deaths in the past week, which is an increase on two the previous week.

They were among 8,127 deaths recorded across Scotland.

The figures include anyone who died within 28 days of a positive test result for Covid-19, and whose usual residence was in South Lanarkshire.

Daily death counts are revised each day, with each case backdated to the actual date of death.

The figures also show that nine in 10 people in South Lanarkshire have received two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine.

The latest figures show 229,527 people had received both jabs by August 31 (Tuesday) – 89% of those aged 18 and over, based on mid-2020 population estimates from the Office for National Statistics.

Across Scotland, 81% of people aged 16 and above had received a second dose of the jab.