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Covid live news: UK records 40 more deaths and 37,960 new cases; Japan to lift state of emergency

UK records 40 coronavirus-linked deaths in the past 24 hours; Japan to lift Covid state of emergency in all regions at the end of September

An interesting piece here from the Guardian’s media editor Jim Waterson, looking at whether the UK public has a right to know if any participants on this year’s Strictly Come Dancing have not been vaccinated, potentially putting others at risk.

Related: Reports of unvaccinated Strictly dancers spark privacy debate

Covid infection control measures in UK hospitals should be relaxed to help the NHS tackle a record backlog of patients waiting for treatment, the UK’s public health agency has advised.

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has recommended three “pragmatic” changes that hospitals can make on social distancing, testing and cleaning practices to ease pressure on elective care services.

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