Talk has been hotting up over the past week on the introduction of vaccine passports and the vaccination of children, but the figures show that the virus continues to wane, with reported ‘cases’ having fallen by 21% over the past week and the number of deaths after 28 days of a positive test only seeing a slight increase of 30. MailOnline has more.
Department of Health bosses posted 29,547 new cases today, down 21% on the 37,578 recorded last Saturday.
But the number of people dying within 28 days of a positive test is continuing to increase, with 156 people falling victim to the virus. The figure was up 30% on the 120 recorded last week.
Fatalities tend to reflect changes in infection levels at least a week after due to the time it takes for people to become seriously ill.
Britain’s vaccine drive is continuing to roll forward with 89,832 second doses dished out today. It takes the total amount of adults fully protected against the virus to just under 43.9 million (80.8%).
Some 25,019 first doses were also dished out, taking the total number of people to receive at least one jab up to 48.4 million (89%).
The figures come amid reports the AstraZeneca jab could be largely withdrawn from U.K.’s vaccine programme as millions of Britons who were given two doses are likely to be offered a Pfizer booster shot.
The booster programme is expected to rely mainly on the Pfizer vaccine under a ‘mix and match’ strategy to top-up immunity.
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