COVID-19: UK data 32,058 extra coronavirus instances and 104 deaths

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2021-08-21 18:49:00

The UK has recorded 32,058 extra COVID instances and 104 additional deaths within the newest 24-hour interval, in accordance with authorities knowledge.

On Friday 37,314 new instances and 114 deaths inside 28 days of a constructive take a look at had been recorded.

And this time final week, 29,520 instances and 93 deaths had been reported.

One other 57,289 folks had their first coronavirus jab yesterday, taking the overall quantity of people that have had one dose to 47,573,794. This determine now contains 16 and 17-year-olds.

And one other 164,448 second doses had been administered, which means 41,496,576 folks at the moment are totally inoculated in opposition to COVID.

It comes as an skilled warned the UK should not take its “eye off the ball” as COVID-19 might come “roaring again”.

Dr Chris Smith, advisor virologist and lecturer at Cambridge College, added {that a} choice on booster jabs shouldn’t be “rash, [or] rushed” however that the UK dangers “unstitching the entire good work we have finished to date” if massive parts of the inhabitants lose immunity due to vaccines “waning of their effectiveness”.

Well being Secretary Sajid Javid has stated he’s “assured” a booster vaccine marketing campaign can begin subsequent month regardless of reviews that consultants need extra time to think about whether or not they’re wanted.

Talking on BBC Breakfast, Dr Smith stated: “All of us agree that [the pandemic] just isn’t over till it’s over in each nook of the world, as a result of in any other case it can simply come roaring again.

“Remember we predict that this began with a handful of instances in a single metropolis, in a single nook of 1 nation… and it then eclipsed all the world.

“However one should not take one’s eye off the ball right here as a result of it will be very simple to unstitch the entire good work we have finished to date if it seems with time we do lose immunity as a result of the vaccines wane of their effectiveness.

“As we go into winter, now’s a crucial interval and I feel that’s the reason we’ve not seen a rash, rushed choice by the JCVI (Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation) and the federal government.”

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NHS plans are in place to allow a rollout of third doses from 6 September, alongside flu vaccines, however not like in different nations corresponding to Israel, no official choice on the booster programme has but been taken.

In the meantime, analysis has discovered that greater than three-quarters of adults in all ages group say they’d be seemingly or very more likely to get a booster jab if provided.

General, 87% of adults surveyed by the Workplace for Nationwide Statistics stated they’d be seemingly or very more likely to get a 3rd coronavirus jab.

Chance elevated with age, with 96% of these aged 70 and over indicating their curiosity, all the way down to 78% of 16 to 29-year-olds.

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