UK records 293 more Covid deaths in highest daily toll since February

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Another 293 people have died from Covid-19 in the UK, official figures released on Tuesday show.

The latest daily number of fatalities is the highest recorded in the country since February, and takes the UK total to 140,964.    

However the total includes data from NHS England which was not provided in time for Monday’s figures.

Meanwhile the number of daily Covid-19 cases has fallen 15 per cent to 33,865. 

It is lowest Tuesday figure in seven weeks and continues a steady downward trend since mid October. 

The figure is 40 per cent below the autumn peak of 56,665 cases reached on 18 October. 

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The UK reached a major landmark in its vaccination programme on Tuesday as it was revealed 50 million people have now received a first jab.

Government data showed 50,025,020 Covid-19 vaccine first doses had been delivered in the UK by Monday, a rise of 37,695 on the previous day.

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Some 45,731,565 second doses have been delivered, an increase of 19,214.

A combined total of 8,356,172 booster and third doses have also been delivered, a day-on-day rise of 240,943.

Separate totals for booster and third doses are not available.

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The overall number of first doses is the equivalent of 87 per cent of people aged 12 and over in the UK, or 74.6 per cent of the entire population.

They suggest around 7.5 million people aged 12 or over in the UK who are eligible for a first jab are still unvaccinated.

Around 6.4 million are in England, 463,000 in Scotland, 305,000 in Wales and 268,000 in Northern Ireland.

Around one in five UK adults under 40 has not received a first dose.

Large cities in England continue to have particularly high levels of unvaccinated young adults.

Birmingham has the highest estimated percentage of unjabbed 18 to 29-year-olds, at 48 per cent, according to analysis by the PA news agency.

The next highest is Coventry (45.7 per cent), followed by the London borough of Islington (43.7 per cent) and Liverpool (42.8 per cent).

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