UK Covid Live: UK close to bottom levels of Covid cases as 60m Pfizer booster vaccines secured

Tom Ambrose and Barney Davis
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<p>People eat and drink at outside tables in Soho</p> (PA)

People eat and drink at outside tables in Soho


England’s deputy chief medical officer has said “we are at or close to the bottom” of levels of coronavirus cases in the UK as the Governemnt secured a further 60 million Pfizer booster jabs.

Professor Jonathan Van-Tam said the numbers of people testing positive for Covid-19 were “in very low levels” and comparable to September of last year, adding that the number of people in hospital due to the virus is expected to drop further.

He said the “disappearance of our third wave” was thanks to the public following restrictions, while the vaccination programme had “undoubtedly helped” in recent months.

It comes as it was announced an extra 60 million doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus jab have been secured for a booster vaccination programme in the autumn.