UK records zero Covid deaths, but new cases up 30%
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The UK has reported zero coronavirus deaths for the first time since the start of the pandemic, but data has also shown an increase in cases and hospitalizations.
New statistics released this afternoon show an additional 3,165 people tested positive for the coronavirus on the last day, bringing last week’s total to 24,090 – a 31.7% increase from the previous seven days.
Data on hospitalizations due to the disease have not yet been updated since last week, but they have increased from 133 hospitalizations to 870 as of May 25, a weekly increase of almost 25%.
There has only been one other day since the start of the pandemic when it was recorded, there had been no deaths within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 on July 30. Last year.
But this was put in the government’s dataset retrospectively after changing the way deaths were recorded, meaning today is the first time the Daily Coronavirus Update has reported zero deaths. .
A total of 65,211,877 Covid vaccines have now been administered in the UK so far, according to figures today.
Of those 39,477,158 were first doses, an increase from 93,103 the day before, and 25,734,719 were second doses, up from 195,546.
Responding to the press, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “The whole country will be so happy that no Covid-related deaths were recorded yesterday.
“Vaccines clearly work: they protect you, those around you and those close to you.
“But despite this good news without a doubt, we know that we have not yet conquered this virus, and with cases continuing to increase, remember the hands, the face, the space and let in the fresh air inside, and of course, make sure when you can both shots. “
The figure of zero deaths may be partly due to a delay in reporting after the public holiday weekend, but it will likely be used by Tory MPs to argue against postponing the roadmap’s fourth stage on the 21st. June due to fears regarding the spread of the mutant. Indian strain of the virus, now known as the “delta variant”.
Professor Adam Finn, a member of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI), warned this morning that there is a “significant chance” that the final step in lifting the lockdown will have to be delayed.
His comments came after Professor Sir Mark Walport – the government’s former chief scientific adviser – said that “the situation is very delicately balanced”, and Dr Chaand Nagpaul, president of the British Medical Association, said that the UK was at a “pivotal moment” in its fight against the coronavirus.
But former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith said Boris Johnson had to resist “an organized push from a group of scientists to stop on June 21”.
“There is no real fact that says we shouldn’t unblock the 21st,” he said.
“We’ve always been told that the most important feature of all of this is protecting the most vulnerable.
“We have now given a double dose to almost 50% of the population and that includes all of the most vulnerable.”
Tory MP Sir Desmond Swayne told PoliticsHome scientists’ have a shape ‘in this area, adding:’ The disease is now rampant and we need to have a proper sense of proportion as we learn to live with it.
“There will be new variations from now until the advent of the kingdom, we cannot continue to suppress human interaction and economic activity in response or we will live in fear and scarcity.”
Business Secretary Paul Scully told Times Radio he was “cautiously optimistic” about June 21, as he spoke to BBC Environment Secretary George Eustice, said: “We cannot rule it out because we know it has been a difficult pandemic, a dynamic situation.”
Fears have grown that all current restrictions will not end this month after a sharp increase in cases, starting with a radius in the delta variant in the northwest.
Asked about Johnson’s take on the latest data, the Prime Minister’s official spokesperson said: “I was going to underline what the Prime Minister said on Thursday.
“The Prime Minister has repeatedly stated that we haven’t seen anything in the data, but that we will continue to look at the data, we will continue to look at the latest scientific evidence as we move forward from June to June 21. “
Johnson last spoke about it on Thursday, saying he had “seen nothing currently in the data” that would lead to a deviation from the current roadmap.
Number 10 confirmed he returned to work today after a two-day break with new wife Carrie Johnson following the couple’s wedding in a surprise ceremony at Westminster Cathedral on Saturday.