UK records 18 coronavirus deaths and 2,729 cases

Barney Davis
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<p>A woman takes part in the final stages of painting approximately 150,000 hearts onto the National Covid Memorial Wall</p> (PA)

A woman takes part in the final stages of painting approximately 150,000 hearts onto the National Covid Memorial Wall

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The Government recorded a further 18 Covid-19 deaths and new 2,729 cases on Thursday.

The UK death toll now stands at 127,327.

No deaths were reported to Public Health England in the past 24 hours in London and 2,729 people tested positive across the UK.

Over the last week, there have been 156 deaths, a decrease of 26.1 per cent compared to the previous week.

Last Thursday, 2,672 people tested positive with 30 deaths reported.

Some 92 per cent of people classified as clinically extremely vulnerable had received their first dose of coronavirus vaccine by April 18, NHS England figures show.

Office for National Statistics (ONS) data showed that Covid was not the leading cause of death in England and Wales in March for the first time since October.

The rollout of jabs and the success of the third national lockdown has meant that Brits are currently allowed to go to the pub outdoors, visit non-essential shops and hit the gym.

In October, a tier system was in place to control infections, which was later replaced with the third lockdown after the Kent variant spread across the country.

ONS data shows that in March Covid-19 was the third leading cause of death, accounting for 9.2 per cent of all fatalities registered in England and 6.3 per cent in Wales.

The virus was the leading cause of death each month from November to February.

The leading cause of death in March was dementia and Alzheimer’s disease in England, accounting for 10.1 per cent of all deaths registered that month.

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