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Another 43 people have been reported to have died from Covid-19 in the UK, down from 121 on Saturday, bringing the total death toll to 136,953.
The ONS figures show that 30,439 people tested positive for the virus in the last 24 hours. The seven day figure is 242,005, a 1.1% rise on the week before.
Total deaths across the last week have dropped at 785, a fall of 180.
Italy, which was one of the hardest hit countries in the early months of the pandemic, has recorded another 33 deaths from Covid-19.

It’s a slight rise from the 25 reported on Saturday, with a drop in the number of new daily cases from 3,312 to 2,968.
It brings the overall death toll from the virus to 131,031. There has been just under 4.7 million confirmed cases since the outbreak began.
Jürgen Klopp has launched an attack on people who refuse coronavirus vaccinations by comparing them to drink-drivers and saying they are to blame if others catch Covid from them.
The Liverpool football manager accused the anti-vaccination movement of ignoring the experts, endangering others and making disingenuous claims about a loss of freedom to justify their stance.
Intensive care units at hospitals in New England, in north-east US, are filling up again and staff shortages are affecting care, according to Associated Press.
Public officials have been pleading with unvaccinated people to get vaccinated, and health care workers are also now having to cope with demand for other types of care that has been delayed by the pandemic.
“I think it’s clearly frustrating for all of us,” said Michael Pieciak, the commissioner of the Vermont Department of Financial Regulation, who monitors coronavirus statistics for the state.
“We want kids to be safe in school, we want parents not to have to worry about their child’s education and health.”
The increase is thought to be down to the Delta variant, despite the five states in the US are in the region, with Vermont leading, followed by Connecticut, Maine, Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
One of the big events taking place for the first time today since the start of the pandemic is the London Marathon.
More than 40,000 people are running the 26.2-mile (42.16km) course around London, from Greenwich to the Mall.
Last year’s event was cancelled due to pandemic restrictions, and this year’s runners are bolstered by a further 40,000 taking part “virtually”, running the same distance across their own route.
The event, one of the world’s best known marathons, is known for people tackling it in fancy dress, with costumes this year including a one-man-band, a phonebox and the Empire State Building.
Three men are even doing it as a “four-legged” race. Millions is raised for charity by the event, which was first run in March 1981.
In the professional athletes’ race, which began before the amateur competitors, Sisay Lemma won the men’s elite race and Joyciline Jepkosgei came first in the women’s elite race.
Latest figures compiled by AFP have found that nearly 4.8 million people have died from Covid-19 since the outbreak began, according to its tally from official sources.
The death toll stands at 4,793,613, while 234,542,240 positive tests have been recorded.
The World Health Organization estimates that the actual toll could be two to three times higher than official records, due to excess mortality linked to Covid.
Some countries have previously acknowledged that the likely number of dead is likely to be higher than its official counts.
In the US midwest state of Missouri, Edward Helmore has been looking at how officials fear culture wars could hamper efforts to control the virus when the next wave hits.

The boarded-up storefront of Rae’s Cafe in Blue Springs, Missouri, does not look much like a Covid-19 battleground – but it has become a cause célèbre of the anti-masking movement since owner Amanda Wohletz began a campaign in July to defy local Jackson county mask mandates imposed after Delta variant infections surged.
Despite warnings, citations, the revocation of a food permit and a county health department’s order to close her doors, Wohletz persisted, claiming in court that the mandate ordering everyone five and up is required to wear a face covering when visiting indoor public spaces was “unconstitutionally created” and efforts to enforce it were “unlawful, nonsensical”.
Now the restaurant is shuttered. In a 23 September ruling, a county judge rejected Wohletz’s argument of medical exemptions and that the restaurant could skirt the mandate by operating as a private club. The judge also ordered Rae’s to cease operations until it obtained a valid food permit.
Welcome to Missouri’s Covid culture wars.
Russia has broken its record for Covid deaths in one day, with 890 people dying in the last 24 hours.
Its government’s coronavirus taskforce added it had recorded 25,769 new cases in the last 24 hours, including 4,294 in Moscow. A total of 209,918 people have now died from the virus.
Israel’s government has changed rules on who can use indoor venues and facilities, meaning people will only be able to enter them if they have had a vaccine booster jab, or recovered from the virus recently.
Under guidelines introduced on Sunday, people will only be eligible for the green pass if they have received a booster jab. Those who have already had two jabs will only qualify for the Covid passport if it was within the last six months.
It means that nearly 2 million people will lose their vaccine passport in the coming days, Associated Press reports. It will limit their ability to use shops, restaurants, cultural events and gyms.
More than 60% of Israel’s population has received two doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine and nearly 3.5 million of Israel’s 9.3 million citizens have received a booster dose of the vaccine.
The world No 2 female tennis player, Aryna Sabalenka, has pulled out of the Indian Wells tennis tournament in the US after testing positive for Covid-19.

Sabalenka, who lost to the Canadian teenager Leylah Fernandez in the US Open semi-final last month, was the top seed in the women’s draw at the Indian Wells after world No 1 Ash Barty pulled out.
“Unfortunately I’ve tested positive at Indian Wells and won’t be able to compete,” the 23-year-old Belarusian wrote on her Instagram story.
Three construction workers at the Expo 2020 world fair in Dubai have died from Covid-19, according to its organiser.
A spokesperson said the deaths occurred over the course of the pandemic, and were in addition to 72 serious injuries among 2000,000 workers during construction on the site, according to Reuters.
“Unfortunately we had three worker related deaths due to Covid. That was during the course of the pandemic,” Expo representative Sconaid McGeachin told a daily briefing.
Overcrowding in worker accommodation was one of the main factors in a surge of infections in the United Arab Emirates at the start of the pandemic. Expo 2020 says worker accommodation is audited to ensure conditions are not cramped. It defended the figure and said it was less than half of that of building work in the UK.
The UAE does not give a breakdown for cases and deaths for each emirate region, including Dubai. More than 80% of its 10 million citizens have been vaccinated.
China has now given out 2.213 billion doses of Covid-19 vaccines, Reuters reports.
Data from the National Health Commission reported that another 755,000 jabs were administered on Saturday, raising the total.
Good morning from London, I’m Harry Taylor and I’ll be bringing you the latest Covid-19 news and developments from around the world.
Scientists in the UK have warned that the country may still have worse to come during the pandemic, as winter approaches.
They fear that more people will begin socialising inside as the weather gets colder, which increases the chance of transmitting the virus. At the same time many workers have begun returning to offices for the first time in 18 months.
Meanwhile New Zealand has widened its lockdown as the Delta variant has started to spread outside Auckland.
A “short and sharp” lockdown was introduced in mid-August to counter rising cases, but 32 new cases were confirmed in the country’s largest city on Sunday, with two new cases in the Waikato region 147km (91 miles) south of Auckland.
Prime minister Jacinda Ardern confirmed parts of the region would go into a five-day lockdown.


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