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UK records just one new Covid-19 death over 24 hours for the first time since August
The UK’s latest Covid death figures are the lowest in nine months as the country continues its hugely successful vaccination programme while lockdown restrictions ease
- 16:33, 3 MAY 2021
- UPDATED17:48, 3 MAY 2021
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The UK has recorded just one coronavirus death in the latest 24-hour period with 1,649 new cases, figures show.
This is down from the 14 fatalities and 1,671 infections announced yesterday, although Monday Covid figures tend to be lower due to a lag in data reporting at weekends.
Today’s increase in deaths is the lowest jump since August 30, when a single fatality was also recorded.
The only time the figure has been lower was on July 30 – when no deaths were recorded – and at the start of the pandemic.
It comes as Britain’s vaccination campaign continues to speed ahead, with more than 34 million first doses and 15.3 million second doses administered.
The country is moving closer to lifting lockdown completely with one in four people now fully protected.Sponsored Link by TaboolaWhy is This £39 Monocular Better Than £3000 Telescope? Starscope
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After over five months, the unprecedented roll-out has seen nearly 66 percent of the adult population having had at least one dose ahead of the next stage of the road map on May 17.MOST READ1Homeowner’s shock after neighbour’s extension comes within inches of his property2Prince Harry ‘realises he’s frozen out’ and ‘isn’t so thrilled about new life in US’3Woman told to ‘leave the beach’ after fuming mum complains about her bikini
Boris Johnson told reporters on a visit to Hartlepool this afternoon: “As things stand, and the way things are going, with the vaccine rollout going the way that it is – we have done 50 million jabs as I speak to you today, quarter of the adult population, one in four have had two jabs.
“You are seeing the results of that really starting to show up in the epidemiology.”
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “We’ve just delivered the 50 millionth jab across the UK! Massive achievement from the team.ADVERTISEMENT
“These jabs are saving lives and helping us get back to normal. Thank you to everyone who has played their part in our national effort.
“When you get the call, get the jab.”
The UK has offered vaccines to all of the most vulnerable age groups including those aged over 50 by its April 15 target.
And now the rollout has extended to all adults over 40, with the Moderna jab adding to the arsenal already boasting vaccines from Pfizer and AstraZeneca.
In two weeks time pubs, cafes and restaurants will be able to welcome customers indoors, while cinemas and other attractions like museums can re-open after the success of our vaccine rollout and lockdown.
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