UK records 60 Covid deaths and 3,150 new cases

Tammy Hughes
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 (PA)
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The Government said a further 60 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Friday, bringing the UK total to 127,040.

Separate figures published by the UK’s statistics agencies show there have been 150,000 deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

The Government also said that, as of 9am on Friday, there had been a further 3,150 lab-confirmed cases in the UK.

It brings the total to 4,365,461.

A total of 31,903,366 people have now received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, while 6,541,174 have received their second dose.

NHS England data shows a total of 3,936,365 jabs were given to people in London between December 8 and April 8, including 3,276,338 first doses and 660,027 second doses.

This compares with 5,237,664 first doses and 920,209 second doses given to people in the Midlands, a total of 6,157,873.

According to analysis by Public Health England (PHE), coronavirus vaccines have prevented 10,400 deaths in people aged 60 and over.

PHE found that vaccines had prevented more than 9,000 fatalities in those aged over 80 after analysing figures from December 8 to the end of March.

They added that they was “increasing evidence that vaccines help reduce transmission”.

The coronavirus reproduction number, or R value, in England remains unchanged from last week and is between 0.8 and 1, according to the latest Government figures.

R represents the average number of people each Covid-19 positive person goes on to infect.

When the figure is above 1, an outbreak can grow exponentially, but when it is below 1, it means the epidemic is shrinking.

An R number between 0.8 and 1 means that, on average, every 10 people infected will infect between eight and 10 other people.

According to data from the Office for National Statistics cases of coronavirus are down to less than a sixth of the January peak.

The figures suggest that about one in 340 people tested positive in the week to 3 April. Across the UK figures are broadly down to levels seen in late September last year, according to the data.

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