The UK government has said another 31,117 confirmed cases of Covid-19 have been reported.

A further 85 further deaths were recorded, bringing the UK total to 129,515.

Separate figures published by the Office for National Statistics show there have been 154,000 deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

As of yesterday, data shows that of the 84,515,367 Covid jabs given in the UK, 46,733,115 were first doses, a rise of 43,873 on the previous day.

Some 37,782,252 were second doses, an increase of 171,341.

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The number of people being told to self-isolate has reached another record high, with almost 700,000 alerts sent to Covid app users in England and Wales.

The so-called "pingdemic" saw a further rise last week, with 689,313 alerts sent to users of the NHS Covid-19 app telling them they had been in close contact with someone who had tested positive for coronavirus.

The latest NHS figures, for the week to 21 July, are an 11% rise on the previous record high of 619,733 alerts a week earlier.

This week the government said it was expanding its daily contact testing for front-line sectors who are exempt from isolation.

A total of 2,000 sites across the country are available for people working in prisons, waste collection, defence, the food industry, transport, Border Force and police and fire services.

Daily negative test results will enable eligible workers who have been alerted by the NHS Covid-19 app or called by NHS Test and Trace as coronavirus contacts to continue working.

Meanwhile, the recent pattern of Covid-19 infections in Britain may be the result of a spike caused by the 2020 UEFA European Football Championship.

Speaking during a briefing by the Health Service Executive, Chief Clinical Officer Dr Colm Henry revealed data which showed a rise in infections and a gender gap opening up between men and women after the Euros started on 11 June.

The level of infections peaked on the day of the final between England and Italy on 11 July and numbers have been falling steadily since.

Additional reporting John Kilraine