UK records 22 Covid deaths and 2,445 new cases

Tammy Hughes
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No Vaccine Passports protest sticker on a Vaccine Centre billboard (PA Wire)
No Vaccine Passports protest sticker on a Vaccine Centre billboard (PA Wire)

There have been 22 coronavirus-related deaths and 2,445 new cases in the past 24 hours, according to official government figures.

More than 14 million people are now fully vaccinated, having received their second Covid vaccine.

It comes as Matt Hancock received his vaccination at the Science Museum on Thursday, administered by England’s deputy chief medical officer Jonathan Van-Tam.

Government data up to April 28 shows that of the 48,138,009 jabs given in the UK so far, 34,094,048 were first doses – a rise of 134,140 on the previous day.

Some 14,043,961 were second doses, an increase of 462,885.

NHS England data shows a total of 4,968,044 jabs were given to people in London between December 8 and April 28, including 3,553,566 first doses and 1,414,478 second doses.

This compares with 5,495,909 first doses and 2,163,295 second doses given to people in the Midlands, a total of 7,659,204.

Around nine in 10 people in England aged 80 and over have had both doses of Covid-19 vaccine, according to NHS England figures.

An estimated 91.6 per cent of people in this age group had received both jabs as of April 25, meaning they are fully vaccinated against coronavirus.

Mr Hancock has described it as a “privilege” to get his first coronavirus vaccination and thanked Professor Van-Tam for administering the jab.

The Health Secretary tweeted a picture of the moment he was given his first dose, describing the process as quick and painless.

Jeremy Selwyn
Jeremy Selwyn

Mr Hancock said he was “very excited” when he was called for the jab and encouraged everyone invited for a Covid-19 vaccination to take up the offer.

The Department of Health confirmed Mr Hancock received the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine.

Alongside a picture of himself getting the injection from a masked Prof Van-Tam, he wrote: “Brilliant! Got the jab. In & out in 8 minutes. Didn’t hurt at all. Massive thanks to JVT & the @sciencemuseum team. When you get the call, get the jab!”

In a further statement, he said it had been “a privilege to get my first jab within the historic walls of the Science Museum in London, where the team are documenting the national pandemic response and preserving items like the first Covid-19 vaccine vial to be used anywhere in the world”.

He paid tribute to learning from science, saying it had been “central this last year more than ever” and that it therefore “felt fitting to be at the museum”.

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