UK records 16,840 Covid cases in lowest daily figure in eight weeks

UK records 16,840 Covid cases in lowest daily figure in eight weeks

February 2, 2021

Britain records 16,840 Covid cases in lowest daily figure in eight weeks as deaths continue to fall with another 1,449 victims

Britain has recorded another 16,840 coronavirus cases in the lowest daily rise for eight weeks, official figure show, as brutal lockdown restrictions continue to smother the second wave of the pandemic. 

Department of Health figures showed the number of infections was16.2 per cent below the same time last week, when as many as 20,089 were announced. And it was half the levels two weeks ago of 33,355 cases.

Health chiefs also revealed a further 1,449 Covid deaths, marking a drop of 11.2 per cent from last Tuesday’s toll of 1,631 fatalities due to the disease. Deaths have been falling since January 23.

As many as 9.6million Britons have now received their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine, as ministers race to meet their target of inoculating 15million of the most vulnerable by mid-February. 

It comes as the Health Secretary begs Bristol residents to remain in their homes after revealing all 11 cases of a ‘super mutant’ Covid strain were identified in the city. Each has a mutation called E484K which has sparked panic among ministers because it was first identified on the South African variant and appears to boost the virus’s ability to avoid the immune system, raising the risk of reinfections or vaccines being less effective.

And in another blow to vaccine hopes a Cambridge study said delaying the second dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine could leave some elderly patients at risk of catching coronavirus because a single shot might not be strong enough to stimulate the immune response needed to kill the virus. 

More follows. 

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