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COVID-19: More than 17 million people have received first jab – as deaths surpass 120,000

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More than 17 million people in the UK have now received their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while the number of deaths has surpassed 120,000.

Another 445 people have died within 28 days of a positive COVID-19 test, according to the latest government figures, taking the total to 120,365. The deaths included a 16-year-old with no known underlying health conditions.

Saturday’s figures compare with 533 fatalities reported yesterday and 621 last Saturday.

There have also been another 10,406 confirmed cases, down from 12,027 yesterday and 13,308 last Saturday, taking the total recorded since the pandemic began to 4,105,675

The figure for the number of vaccine doses given out now stands at 17,247,442 – an increase of 371,906. The number of people who have received their second coronavirus jab has hit 604,885, up from 589,591.

On Friday, it was confirmed that the UK’s coronavirus reproduction number – or R number – now stands at between 0.6 and 0.9, with 0.6 the lowest seen since the government first started publishing the figures in May 2020. This means that for every 10 people who have the virus, another six to nine people will become infected.

The figures for R and the growth rate are provided by the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE).

 

Source: Sky News