Sumary of UK Covid: Welsh first minister expects infections to peak at end of month as news awaited on booster jabs – as it happened:
- Here’s a roundup of the key developments of the day: Boris Johnson is set to publish a Covid blueprint to prepare for a “difficult time” this winter, with jabs for younger teenagers, a booster programme, flu shots and vaccine passports all expected to be part of the measures.
- The Welsh first minister, Mark Drakeford, has warned that Covid infections are rising sharply, with the current wave expected to peak at the end of this month.
- Covid infection rates in Scotland are at the highest level since estimates began, according to the Office for National Statistics.
- The latest estimates show that around one in 45 people in Scotland had Covid in the week to September 3, up from one in 75 the previous week.
- A further 147 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Thursday, bringing the UK total to 133,988, the government announced.
- The consumer watchdog has called for much tougher government vetting of private companies selling Covid tests to travellers, following revelations about poor service from “rogue” operators that it said had resulted in a lottery for customers.
- The German company BioNTech, which developed the Pfizer vaccine, expects to seek approval from regulators for Covid jabs suited for younger children as early as mid-October, its founders have said.
- More than 8,000 people in the UK were in hospital with Covid on Wednesday – the highest figure for nearly six months – leading to fears of a resurgence in the virus’ ability to cause serious illness and death among the population.