More than half of the U.K. population has now had the first dose of a Covid vaccine, according to Government figures. Data shows that the number having received their second dose is nearing the 12 million mark, strengthening the case for the lockdown to come to an end. Despite this, the dominant Government narrative suggests that the current phase of lockdown could be in place for more time than has been anticipated in the roadmap, not less. Metro has the story.
Out of the country’s 66,650,000 people, 33,388,637 have received the jab, according to Department of Health figures released today.
A total of 11,623,671 have received their second shot, equating to 17.4% of the entire population.
The total number of vaccinations given in the U.K. now stands at 45,012,308.
Only people aged 16 and over are currently able to get the jab, meaning the proportion of the eligible population to be immunised is even higher.
Today’s update from the Government revealed another 40 people have died within 28 days of testing positive for the virus, falling by more than a third in a fortnight.
Data from the Office for National Statistics shows weekly infections in England dropped by a fifth last week to 90,000, despite the reopening of pubs and restaurants.
Worth reading in full.