Published on : Tuesday, September 7, 2021
United Kingdom has passed the grim milestone of seven million COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic.
It comes as a further 41,192 Brits tested positive in the last 24 hours – but deaths have remained low with 45 more reported. In a total 7,018,927 people as of today have tested positive for the killer bug while 133,274 have died.
Meanwhile, statistics show 21,795 people had their first vaccine dose on Sunday. This means of 48,270,113 – 88.8% of over-16s in the UK – have received their first jab.
And 73,193 had their second jab yesterday, meaning 43,455,083 are now fully vaccinated. Earlier today Downing Street warned ministers were ready to take the nation back into another lockdown over winter if they had to.
The PM’s spokesperson said they kept all emergency measures under review in case drastic action was needed to stop spiralling cases and hospitalisations. It came after the PM sparked fury among his own backbenchers with plans to extend the draconian COVID-19 powers for another six months.
He will keep the legal underpinning for restrictions in place in case he needs to use them in the coming months.
Another shutdown would destroy the UK’s economy at just a time where it’s starting to recover post-pandemic.