UK reports 27,429 new COVID-19 cases, 39 deaths



FILE PHOTO: People wait to be inoculated at a mass vaccination event at the London Stadium in London, U.K. /Getty Images

The UKreported 27,429 new cases of COVID-19 and 39 deaths within 28 days of a positive test on Sunday.

The figures represent a drop from those reported on Saturday of 28,612 confirmed cases and 103 reported deaths.

Meanwhile, a total of 86,466,264 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been given in the UK as of August 8, according to data from the Department of Health and Social Care.

Of those, 47,036,796 people have received a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine while 39,429,468 have received a second dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

Elsewhere as of Sunday 4am, fully vaccinated travellers and persons under 18 years returning from France to England, Scotland and Northern Ireland no longer need to quarantine. This development follows a COVID-19 travel update from the Department for Transport which moved France from the so-called "amber plus" list to "amber".

India, Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) also moved from red to amber, while Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Slovenia, Latvia, Romania and Norway moved green.

Travellers arriving from green list countries do not need to quarantine regardless of vaccination status.

According to local media reports, travel companies recorded a surge in interest in journeys to France and the UAE.

(With input from agencies)