The UK Department of Health said 478,248 people had been vaccinated on Saturday and 491,970 by Sunday night, meaning 970,218 vaccinations were administered nationwide in two days. The number of vaccinees set a record on both days.
The ministry also said that since the start of the UK vaccination campaign on 8 December, 6,353,321 have received the first dose of the vaccine, with 469,660 receiving the second dose. Thus, the number of vaccines administered so far, including the first and second doses, exceeds 6.8 million.
According to the ministry’s presentation on Sunday night in the last 24 hours, 30,004 new coronavirus infections have been identified through screening nations across the country. In previous weeks, more than 60,000 new infections, sometimes close to 70,000 a day, have been screened in the UK almost every day. Sunday is the seventh day in a row that fewer than 40,000 new coronavirus infections have been detected by tests.
According to the ministry’s data set, 251,504 coronavirus infections were screened in the week ending Sunday. This is 72,110, 22.3 percent less than the number of new infections detected in the same period a week earlier.
A significant slowdown in the spread of the British coronavirus epidemic is also indicated by the R reproduction index, which measures the dynamics of new infections. Based on calculations by the British Government’s Standards Scientific Advisory Board (SAGE) the estimation band for the R indicator is currently between 0.8 and 1 on a national average. This means that ten infected people pass the coronavirus infection to an average of 8 to 10 other people.
According to the SAGE calculation methodology, from an R rate of 0.8 to 1, it can be concluded that the number of new coronavirus infections decreases at a rate of 1 to 4 percent each day in the UK.
Nationwide, for the first time since early December, the lower value of the reproduction estimation band has fallen below the critical level of 1.
At the beginning of the month, SAGE still showed an R-rate between 1.2 and 1.3 on a national average. This meant that the number of new infections in the UK rose by a further 2-5 per cent a day then.
According to the British Government’s calculation methodology, which takes into account deaths occurring within 28 days of the diagnosis of coronavirus infection, reported the deaths of 610 patients on Sunday. That’s half of the daily deaths in recent weeks, in the recent period, more than 1,200 deaths have been reported by the British health authorities every day.
Including Sunday’s data set, 97,939 people have died in the UK so far from Covid-19 disease caused by a new type of coronavirus.
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