UK virus deaths and cases fall 31 per cent as pressure on PM rises

The number of coronavirus-related deaths is down 31 percent from the previous week.

A total of 258 deaths were reported in the last daily total – almost a third fewer than last Sunday (373).

The number of new cases fell by 31 percent from 15,845 to 10,972 in the same period.

The government announced today, Sunday February 14th, that an additional 258 people in the UK died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 on Sunday, bringing the UK total to 117,166.

Separate figures released by the UK statistical authorities for deaths where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, as well as additional data on deaths that have occurred in the past few days, show that there are now 135,000 deaths from Covid-19 in the UK 19 gave.

The government also said there had been an additional 10,972 laboratory-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK as of 9 a.m. on Sunday.

The total number of cases in the UK is 4,038,078.

The numbers will benefit those who advocate lifting lockdown restrictions.

It has been reported that the lifting is scheduled to begin on March 8, when people are allowed to meet someone from another household outdoors.

There will be an official announcement from Boris Johnson on February 22nd outlining his “roadmap” for the lockdown.

Within his own party there is growing pressure on him to relax the restrictions. More than 60 MPs this weekend called on the Prime Minister to lift all restrictions by the end of April.

Foreign Minister Dominic Raab, however, rejected easing restrictions on “arbitrary” schedules earlier this morning.

Government data through Feb.13 shows that of the 15,599,904 shocks given in the UK to date, 15,062,189 were first doses – an increase from 505,362 the previous day.

About 537,715 were second doses, an increase of 2,846 from the numbers published the previous day.

Meanwhile, Mr Johnson today celebrated a “significant milestone” as the number of people in the UK receiving a coronavirus vaccine exceeded 15 million.

The prime minister said it was an “exceptional achievement” just over two months after 91-year-old Margaret Keenan became the first person in the world to receive a Covid-19 bump under a mass vaccination program.

With that, the government is firmly on track to meet its goal of offering a first dose to everyone in the UK in the top four priority groups – including those over 70 – by Monday.

In a video message posted on Twitter, Mr Johnson confirmed that it had already been passed in England, while on Friday Prime Minister Mark Drakeford said it had been reached in Wales.

The Prime Minister said: ‚ÄúToday we have reached a significant milestone in the UK’s national vaccination program.

“This country has done an extraordinary feat – giving a total of 15 million shocks into the arms of some of the most vulnerable people in the country.”


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