UK Covid cases drop 29% in week and hope that hospitalisations may have peaked
The United Kingdom recorded 26,911 coronavirus infections and 158 deaths in the last 24 hours – but there are some signs for optimism amidst the figures
The nation recorded 26,911 infections in the last 24 hours (Image: Getty Images)
- 16:06, 16 Sep 2021
- UPDATED16:18, 16 Sep 2021
UK Covid cases have dropped nearly 30 per cent in a week, official statistics show.
The nation recorded 26,911 infections in the last 24 hours – a decrease of 29 per cent on last week – and 158 deaths.
Last Thursday saw 38,013 infections, and 167 fatalities, according to Public Health England figures.
And, in comparison, around a month ago – Thursday, August 19 – 36,572 cases and 113 deaths were registered.
Week-on-week, the total number of cases are down by 22 per cent, figures show – with 61,031 less infections over the last seven days, compared to the week before.
And, up to September 11, the number of people being admitted to hospital with Covid appears to be levelling off – with a 2.5 per cent increase on the previous seven days.
Maternity support worker Catherine Cargill, who works at Croydon University Hospital in south London, was one of the first people to receive the jab.
She said the vaccination means she can carry on working, studying and spending time with her family.
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Medical staff on the Covid-19 ward at the Neath Port Talbot Hospital, in Wales ( Image: PA)
The NHS officially launched its coronavirus booster campaign on Thursday, which will see millions of eligible people offered a Pfizer vaccine, or in some cases a half-dose of Moderna.
They include frontline NHS and social care staff, anyone aged 50 and over, and those under 50 with health conditions that put them at risk of severe Covid.
People are likely to be offered their booster jab in the same order of priority as was set down during the initial vaccination campaign.
Ms Cargill spoke of being “excited” and “privileged” to have been among the first to be jabbed.https://37c7e1042b887e89d1bddc21cdac1318.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html138212091369
She said: “I’ve been waiting for this jab like so many people following talk about the booster.
“When I heard it was going ahead, I had to get it to make sure I don’t get Covid or if I do, I’m not seriously ill, because I’m aware of the impact of getting it.
“I also wanted to make sure I can carry on working, I can carry on spending time with my family and can carry on with my studies.
“It went OK, I got the Pfizer vaccine, I braced myself for pain but it was a good surprise, I’m feeling fine and after 15 minutes I was back and working my normal shift.
“This has definitely made me feel safer and more confident knowing I will be protected with antibodies in a few weeks’ time, it was like my first vaccine in December last year.”
Becky Board, who injected Ms Cargill, said around 200 health workers had their booster jabs on Thursday.
She said: “It was a really jovial atmosphere which brought me right back to December last year.
Catherine Cargill receiving one of the first Covid-19 booster jabs, administered at Croydon University Hospital, south London ( Image: PA)
“It was lovely to see so many staff from all walks of the trust, young and older people, queuing up to do the right thing.”
Hospital hubs have started inoculating frontline health and care workers in Wales and England, as well as identifying eligible patients, with GP-led local vaccination services to follow in the coming days.
GPs have been told they can give the winter flu jab at the same time if stocks allow, though they should not hold up administering either vaccination.https://get-latest.convrse.media/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.mirror.co.uk%2Fnews%2Fuk-news%2Fbreaking-uk-covid-cases-drop-25001946%3Futm_source%3Dmirror_newsletter%26utm_campaign%3Dcoronvirus_briefing_newsletter2%26utm_medium%3Demail&cre=bottom&cip=34&view=web
Further vaccination centres and community pharmacy-led sites will join the booster campaign in England from next week and continue vaccinating throughout the winter.
In line with guidance set out by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), people will only receive a booster shot at least six months after they received their second dose of a coronavirus vaccine.Care staff given medical opt-out to mandatory Covid jab in eleventh hour ‘fudge’Plan B needed for winter now as UK’s Covid rate worst in Europe, warns professorMOST READ
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NHS England said people will be contacted as they become eligible, via a call or text from a GP-led site or via the National Booking Service, which will start issuing invitations from next week.
However, some of those in the original nine priority groups will not be eligible for a top-up jab until the new year.
Dr Nikki Kanani, GP and deputy lead for the Covid vaccination programme, said: “Alongside one of our busiest summers in the NHS, our hardworking staff have also been gearing up to deliver the autumn booster programme, to give further protection to healthcare and social care workers and those most at risk from the virus.https://get-latest.convrse.media/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.mirror.co.uk%2Fnews%2Fuk-news%2Fbreaking-uk-covid-cases-drop-25001946%3Futm_source%3Dmirror_newsletter%26utm_campaign%3Dcoronvirus_briefing_newsletter2%26utm_medium%3Demail&cre=mr-bottom&cip=1&view=web&ignoreMetaDataCheck=true
“Now that the decision has been taken by the JCVI, and once the relevant checks are in place, the NHS will invite you for your booster vaccination.
“There is no need to contact the NHS – we will be in touch with you when it is your turn to get your booster vaccine – at least six months on since your last dose.”
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