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Over 800,000 people estimated to have contracted coronavirus in UK

 LONDON:Over 800,000 people in the UK  have contracted the coronavirus last week, according to an infection survey published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on Friday.

The survey used mass sampling from all four of the UK’s nations to assess and analyze the virus's spread of the virus.

On Friday, 36,389 people tested positive for the disease, and at the week beginning of July 17, some 309,742 people had positive test results. This is an increase of 11.4% when compared to the previous week’s data.

The UK reported 64 deaths on July 23 and on the beginning July 17, there have been 402 deaths -- a rise of 45.1% when compared to the previous seven days.

The number of vaccinations continues to increase as young adults are now viable for the jab. By the end of July 23, over 46 million people received their first dose of the vaccine, with over 36 million people their second.

On July 16, almost all coronavirus restrictions were lifted in England, making it the most unrestricted country in Europe. The two-meter (6.5-feet) social distancing rule has been scrapped, masks are no longer mandatory to wear except for in hospitals, care homes and public transport, while entertainment venues such as nightclubs have reopened their doors.

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