Digital Desk, London. The UK has recorded 29,173 cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours, taking the total number of cases in the country to 7,226,276. According to official figures released on Sunday, 56 other people have died due to coronavirus in the country.
According to the report of the news agency Xinhua, the total number of deaths due to coronavirus in Britain has now increased to 134,200. These figures only include deaths of people who died within 28 days of their first positive test. The British Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed the coronavirus infection rate remained stable in England, but rose in Wales and Scotland, as the latest data showed.
Rates of coronavirus cases are skyrocketing in Scotland, where schools opened earlier than in the rest of the country, and there are fears that children returning to school could increase infections in the rest of the UK. Meanwhile, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has approved the use of Pfizer and AstraZeneca as COVID-19 booster vaccines. “We know that a person’s immunity can decrease over time after their first vaccine course,” said MHRA executive head Dr Jun Raine. I am pleased to confirm that the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccine can be used as a safe and effective booster dose for COVID-19.
This is a significant regulatory change as it will give more options to the vaccination programme, which has saved thousands of lives so far. The latest data showed that in the UK over 89 per cent of people aged 16 and over have received their first dose of vaccine and more than 80 per cent have received both doses.