Covid deaths plummets 45% in a month as 45 more people die and another 2,763 test positive

Barney Davis
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<p>A woman receives an injection of the the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab</p> (PA)

A woman receives an injection of the the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab

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A further 45 people have died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 with deaths plummeting 45 per cent compared to a month ago.

The latest daily statistics released by the Government mean the official UK death total has risen to 126,927.

They showed there had also been a further 2,763 lab-confirmed cases in the UK bringing the total to 4,367,291.

The 45 deaths announced today are a fall of 45 percent on March 7 when 82 deaths were recorded . Last Wednesday 4,052 people tested positive with 43 deaths reported.

More than 1,000 people died of Covid on average each day in January, making it the deadliest month of the pandemic so far for Britain.

The figures came as people aged 18 to 29 are to be offered an alternative Covid jab to the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine due to evidence linking it to rare blood clots in adults, the medicines regulator has said.

A review by the drugs regulator the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) found by the end of March 79 people in the UK suffered rare blood clots after vaccination - 19 of whom died.

The regulator said this was not proof the jab had caused the clots but said the link was getting firmer.

Dr June Raine, chief executive of the MHRA said the benefits of the AstraZeneca vaccine outweigh the risks for the “vast majority” of people after cases of blood clots were detected in an “extremely small” number of people.

However, due to a small number of blood clots in younger people, those under the age of 30 will be offered Pfizer or Moderna instead as the MHRA has concluded the weigh up is more finely balanced for younger people because the risk from Covid is much lower.

Boris Johnson reacted to the findings by tweeting: “We will follow today’s updated advice, which should allow people of all ages to continue to have full confidence in vaccines, helping us save lives and cautiously return towards normality.”

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Matt Hancock added: “The @MHRAgovuk & @EMA_News have confirmed that the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine is safe, effective & that the benefits far outweigh the risks for the vast majority of adults. We’re on track to offer a first jab to all adults by the end of July. When you get the call, get the jab.

“Many thanks to the excellent regulators & my clinical advisors for their work, their clarity & their total transparency. This is the excellence of UK institutions in action: clear, transparent, communication of advice based on the best quality science.”

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