UK records 17 further Covid deaths with more than 2,100 new cases

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<p>More than 2,100 people tested positive</p> (PA Wire)

More than 2,100 people tested positive

(PA Wire)

The UK has recorded 17 more coronavirus deaths with a further 2,193 new cases.

This brings the UK's official death toll to 127,668. Separate figures published by the UK’s statistics agencies show there have been 152,000 deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

A further 209,284 people were given the first dose of the vaccine on Friday, while 428,041 people were given a second dose. This means that 36,115,955 people have now had at least one dose of the vaccine while 19,319,010 are now fully vaccinated.

NHS England data also shows a total of 5,775,777 jabs were given to people in London between December 8 and May 13, including 3,831,188 first doses and 1,944,589 second doses.

This compares with 5,729,811 first doses and 3,107,830 second doses given to people in the Midlands, a total of 8,837,641.

It comes as the Government is considering using surge vaccinations to combat the spread of the Indian coronavirus variant.

The leader of Bolton Council said there had been discussions with the Government about the introduction of vaccines for younger age groups and suggestions were it would be progressed as soon as possible.

The Government is considering using surge vaccinations to combat the spread of the Indian coronavirus variant.PA Wire
The Government is considering using surge vaccinations to combat the spread of the Indian coronavirus variant.PA Wire

Asked about surge jabs, David Greenhalgh told BBC Radio 4’s The World at One: “This is an issue of capacity but we have had very, very constructive talks and certainly all the soundings are is that they are looking to progress that as soon as possible.

“The vast majority of our cases are in their teens, 20s and 30s at the moment.

“If we can get vaccinations to (those aged) 16-plus, which are licensed by Pfizer, then it will make a total transformation of transmission as it moves forward.

“I think realistically that would start in targeted areas where we see the predominance (of the virus) currently.”

London and the North West have seen the biggest rise in cases of the variant, with Public Health England (PHE) data showing it has been responsible for four deaths as of May 12.

The Government has been looking at ways to “flex” the rollout of vaccines in the worst-hit areas, including possibly vaccinating everyone in multi-generational households from 18-year-olds to grandparents.

More vaccine doses have been sent to Bolton, which has a particularly high rate of the Indian variant, while 800,000 PCR tests have been sent to 15 separate areas of England, including parts of London and Merseyside.

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