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COVID-19: UK reports 5,341 more coronavirus cases – down from yesterday but sharply up from last week | UK News

The UK has reported 5,341 more coronvirus cases, down from yesterday – but up sharply on the same day last week.

Four other deaths were also recorded within 28 days of a positive result COVID test – this is down from 13 Saturday and six last Sunday.

Sunday’s cases compare to 5,765 on Saturday and 3,240 a week ago.

There were 203,613 first doses given on Saturday, bringing the total to 40,333,231, and 473,378 additional second injections were given, bringing the total to 27,661,353.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock told Sky News’s Trevor Phillips show on Sunday that the link between cases and serious illness has been weakened by the vaccine rollout – and urged people who have had their first vaccine to reserve their second.

Hancock said it was essential for the reopening on June 21 whether the four tests set by the government have been achieved: that the deployment of the vaccine continues successfully; evidence shows that vaccines are effective enough to reduce hospitalizations and deaths; infection rates are unlikely to increase hospitalizations; and that the risk assessment is not fundamentally changed by new “variants of concern”.

the new COVID-19 variant, also known as the Delta variant, worries scientists because it is more transmissible than the Kent (Alpha) strain, leaving in the balance the relaxation of social distancing on June 21.

Dame Anne Johnson, president of the Academy of Medical Sciences, said next week would be “absolutely critical” to review data on infections.

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This notice was published: 2021-06-06 14:42:00

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