UK records 22 more deaths from Covid-19 with 1 in 5 fully vaccinated

Barney Davis
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<p>A young girl rides a scooter past the National Covid Memorial Wall on the Embankment in London.</p> (PA)

A young girl rides a scooter past the National Covid Memorial Wall on the Embankment in London.


The Government today said a further 22 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19, bringing the UK total to 127,327.

The Government also said that, as of 9am on Wednesday, there had been a further 2,396 lab-confirmed cases in the UK.

Three deaths in London were reported to Public Health England in the past 24 hours.

It represents a drop on last Wednesday’s 38 deaths with an additional 2,491 cases.

Over the last week, there have been 168 deaths within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test a decrease of 28.2 per cent on the previous week.

Government data up to April 20 shows that of the 43,915,559 jabs given in the UK so far, 33,139,742 were first doses – a rise of 107,622 on the previous day.

Some 10,775,817 were second doses, an increase of 350,027.

It means one in five UK adults are now fully vaccinated against Covid-19, with more than two-and-a-half million second doses delivered in the past seven days, latest figures show.

A total of 10.8 million people have now received both jabs – the equivalent of 20.5 per cent of the adult population.

It came as the decision to offer the under-30s an alternative to the AstraZeneca vaccine over blood clotting concerns has had no impact on people’s intention of getting the jab, new research suggests.

New UK guidance was issued on April 7 recommending that people aged 18 to 29 should be offered the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines after the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said there is a possible link between the AstraZeneca jab and “extremely rare” blood clots.

Several European countries including France, Germany and Italy suspended use of the vaccine in March over the link, although they later said they would resume its rollout.

University of Stirling researchers have been collecting data for a wider project on fear and concerns related to Covid-19 and they examined whether public concern about the AstraZeneca jab led to “vaccine hesitancy”.

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