UK registers 141,472 new coronavirus cases



London, January 10 (IANS) The UK has reported another 141,472 coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 14,475,192, according to official figures released on Sunday.

The country has reported 97 more coronavirus-related deaths, bringing the total number of coronavirus-related deaths in the UK to 150,154, the Xinhua news agency reported.

The latest data came a day after the UK passed the grim milestone of 150,000 reported deaths by Covid as the seventh country in the world after the US, Brazil, India, Russia, Mexico and Peru.

Meanwhile, Professor Kevin Fenton, London’s regional director of public health, said the UK capital “may be past or at the peak” of its latest wave of infections.

Based on the latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), Fenton said the peak may have happened around New Years’ time.

He said the city is seeing a reduction in overall case rates, although infection levels remain “very, very high” with one in 10 Londoners infected with Covid.

British scientists have said Covid booster shots offer 90% protection against hospitalization of those over 65 for at least three months.

This means there is “no immediate need” to administer a fourth vaccine to vulnerable people, the UK Health Security Agency said.

More than 90 per cent of people aged 12 and over in the UK have received their first dose of the vaccine and over 82 per cent have received both doses, according to the latest figures.

More than 61% received booster shots, or the third dose of a coronavirus vaccine.


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