The acknowledges show a drop from the 587 deaths reported yesterday and are the lowest since December 28. The count of people who tested positive for the disease dropped to 18,607 from 21,088 yesterday and is the lowest slues since December 15. But both death figures and positive assess results are typically lower on Mondays than other days of the week.
The Authority figures bring the total number of Covid-19 deaths in the UK to 106,564.
Separate features published by the UK’s statistics agencies for deaths where Covid-19 has been cited on the death certificate, together with additional data on deaths that secure occurred in recent days, show there have now been 123,000 terminations in the UK.
The number of people who have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine arise to 9.296 million from 8.977 million the day before.
The latest motifs were published as health chiefs announced they were soliciting to urgently test 80,000 people in England for Covid-19 after it surfaced that the South African strain of the virus may have spread in some territories.
Officials said 11 people had been identified over the hold out five or six days who have tested positive for the variant, but who have no ties to travel.
This suggests there may pockets of spread in local communities of the new altering, with the possibility of further cases.
Experts from Public Strength England (PHE), who have been sequencing around 5 percent to 10 percent of all complete cases looking for variants, are now hoping to break any chains of transmission. All but two precincts involved single cases of the variant.
Mobile testing units and some national testing kits are being sent into eight postcode sections of London, the West Midlands, East of England, South East and the North West.
The compasses are: Hanwell, west London; Tottenham, north London; Mitcham, south London; Walsall in the West Midlands; Broxbourne, Hertfordshire; Maidstone, Kent; Woking, Surrey; and Southport, Merseyside.
People disposition be urged to agree to testing, whether they have symptoms or not.
The South African varying is thought to be as transmissible as the variant that was first identified in Kent but there is no basis as yet that it causes more severe disease.
It is not yet known whether the Oxford University/AstraZeneca vaccine settle upon be effective against the variant, although other vaccines have shown rosy results.
Experts advising the Government said they did not think the ongoing vaccines would need to be tweaked to deal with any spread of the South African unstable.
“The best way to stop the spread of the virus – including new variants – is to stay at haven and follow the restrictions in place. Until more people are vaccinated this is the lone way we will control the spread of the virus.
“The UK is a global leader in Covid-19 genomics and, because of this, we oblige been able to identify new strains of the virus and take decisive liveliness.
“We continue to closely monitor new variants, here and around the world, and in counting up to our already extensive testing service, we are making surge-testing capacity to hand to affected areas.”