Another 5,177 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in a significant drop at this time last week.
Last Sunday 6,035 positive cases were confirmed in the United Kingdom, reported the Department of Health and Social Care.
That represents a drop of 858 or 14 percent in one week.
In the last seven days, 41,968 cases were confirmed in the country, a drop of 31 percent in the previous seven days.
Today’s figure is the lowest since Sept. 28, when 4,044 people tested positive.
For comparison, only on December 29, 81,566 positive cases were confirmed.
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On another positive note, the deployment of vaccination in the country continues to go well, with 22,213,112 receiving the first vaccine.
Today it was reported that early NHS data has shown that a single dose of the Pfizer vaccine dramatically reduces Covid-19 cases asymptomatic of virus transmission.
Findings from Addenbrooke Hospital in Cambridge indicated 75% protection and suggest that, in addition to reducing deaths, the vaccination program will reduce infections rapidly.
Researchers at the University of Cambridge found that one dose reduced the number of asymptomatic coronavirus infections four times once immunity developed 12 days later.
Vaccination for healthcare workers began on December 8 with mass vaccination starting on January 8.
The researchers analyzed similar numbers of vaccinated and unvaccinated personnel between January 18 and 31 using about 4,400 PCR tests per week.
The findings also appear to support the safety of the UK’s decision to delay second doses for up to 12 weeks.