Covid: Total number of cases in UK surpasses 10 million mark

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Covid: Total number of cases in UK surpasses 10 million mark

The total number of coronavirus cases the UK has recorded since the start of the pandemic has surpassed the 10 million mark.

Official figures show a total of 10,021,497 positive Covid-19 cases have now been reported.

It comes as the UK recorded 47,240 Covid infections and 147 deaths on Thursday, according to the latest figures.

On this day last week, a total of 46,807 cases were reported and a further 199 people died within 28 days of a positive test.

In the latest 24-hour period, 24,579 people received their first COVID jab, while a further 23,439 second doses were administered.

Some 28.5 per cent of the population aged over 12 have now had the booster jab, with another 378,946 administered yesterday taking the total to 16,383,575.

As of 21 November, a further 745 people have been admitted to the hospital after a positive coronavirus test, with 5,650 hospital admissions in the last seven-day period.

It comes as experts urged mothers-to-be to get a Covid-19 vaccine on Wenesday, amid data for England showing the jabs are safe for pregnant women.

According to data, one in five of the most critically ill Covid patients in hospital since July have been pregnant women who have not been vaccinated.

Of all pregnant women in hospital with the virus, 98 per cent are unvaccinated.

Figures published by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) show women who have had a Covid vaccine are no more likely than the unvaccinated to suffer stillbirth, premature birth or have babies with low birthweight.

Experts described the findings as reassuring, with Dr Mary Ramsay, head of immunisation at the UKHSA, saying: “Every pregnant woman who has not yet been vaccinated should feel confident to go and get the jab.”

The call was backed by the Royal College of Midwives (RCM), which said women should not risk contracting Covid-19, which can have “serious consequences for both mother and baby”, particularly in the late stages of pregnancy.

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