The death toll in hospitals from coronavirus in the UK has risen by 454, the lowest increase on a Sunday for four weeks and 34% less than the total a week ago.
England reported 410 new deaths, Wales had 28, Northern Ireland had nine and Scotland had seven.
By comparison, tolls announced on recent Sundays were 622 on January 31, 682 on January 24, 671 on January 17, 573 on January 10, and 448 on January 3.
The biggest increase on a Sunday was 710 on April 12 (Easter Sunday), when the UK was going through its first peak of the pandemic.
Sunday totals tend to be lower due to a delay in reporting deaths over the weekend.
It’s the latest sign that deaths are trending downward, reflecting a recent drop in confirmed cases as the UK emerges from the peak of its second wave.
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The latest figures were revealed as the vaccine minister sought to allay fears about the most infectious South African variant of the coronavirus after a study found that the Oxford / AstraZeneca vaccine offered only limited protection against the mild disease caused by the mutation.
The study on the E484K mutation involved about 2,000 people, most of whom were young and healthy, which means more data is needed.
The government’s vaccine czar, Nadhim Zahawi, said the research showed that the Oxford injection “protects against serious diseases.”
But Covid-19 researcher at Imperial College London, Professor Robin Shattock, said that although the study of the AstraZeneca variant was small, it brought with it new concerns about the South African variant.
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“It is worrying to some extent that we are seeing that it is not effective against mild or moderate disease,” he said. BBC breakfast.
As the virus continues to adapt to currently offered vaccines, Zahawi suggested that an annual launch of booster doses is likely to be required.
The minister also revealed that nearly 1,000 vaccines were delivered per minute in an hour on Saturday morning as the government strives to meet its goal of giving all frontline healthcare workers and those over 70 their first dose sooner. February 15.
Here’s a look at the Covid-19 situation in every UK nation on Sunday.
NHS England announced another 410 deaths, bringing the total number of deaths in NHS hospitals in England to 75,767.
There have been an additional 461 coronavirus cases in Wales, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 196,060.
Public Health Wales reported another 28 deaths, bringing the total in Wales since the start of the pandemic to 4,989.
He said a total of 589,622 first doses of the Covid-19 vaccine had already been administered.
The agency said 2,606 second doses were also administered.
In total, 85.3 percent of those over the age of 80 have received their first dose of the vaccine, along with 78.4 percent of nursing home residents and 81.9 percent of home staff. of elderly.
The death toll in Northern Ireland rose to 1,931 after nine more deaths were reported.
The Health Department also reported 334 new cases.
The death toll in Scotland is now 6,438 after the Scottish government reported seven new deaths.
The total number of confirmed cases increased by 584 to 185,792.
A total of 1,710 people were hospitalized with recently confirmed Covid-19. Of them, 108 were in intensive care.
The Scottish government said 839,266 people have received the first dose of the Covid vaccine and 10,582 have received their second dose.