United Kingdom: COVID-19 death rates becomes highest since March

 Friday, July 16, 2021 


The United Kingdom Covid death rates are at their highest since March, with 63 fatalities recorded in the last 24 hours. The latest figures also recorded the most daily cases in six months, with 48,553 testing positive in the same period.

The fatalities – the highest since March 25 – bring the death toll since the start of the pandemic to 128,593.And they are up significantly from the 35 recorded this time last week.

The number of people testing positive for the virus has also shot up compared to the 32,551 recorded on July 8.

It brings the total number of Covid infections since the virus struck to 5,281,098. The hospitalisations have also risen by 582 – just days before the July 19 ‘Freedom Day’.

The total number of Brits who have had at least one dose of the vaccine is now 46,097,464 – a 24-hour increase of 60,374. Of the total UK population, 68.7 per cent have now had at least their first jab. The UK is set to finally unlock from Covid restrictions on Monday.

The new data has also revealed overall rates of the virus are plateauing, although it’s happening slowly. The despite cases still remaining high, experts behind the Zoe Covid Study app think the rise of Delta could be starting to decline.

Tim Spector OBE, lead scientist and Professor of Genetic Epidemiology at King’s College London, said that they are seeing the overall incidence rates plateau in the United Kingdom with an R value of 1.0, which is good news.The numbers are still high with around 1 in 142 people with Covid, so we’ll keep a close eye on numbers and the effect of the Euro Football Championship in the coming days and weeks.

The latest figures from the study think there are currently 17,581 new daily symptomatic cases of Covid on average.

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