England records just one coronavirus death in lowest rise of entire pandemic


The latest UK death toll for Covid-19 has been released on Monday April 19.

Wales confirmed two deaths before 2pm, with NHS England also moving to confirm its latest figure, alongside Public Health Scotland and the Northern Irish department of health.

There have been a further 102 cases of coronavirus in Wales, taking the total number of confirmed cases to 210,925.

NHS England reported just 1 COVID-19 hospital death. 11 were reported last Monday, 15 two weeks ago & 18 three weeks ago. The death took place in the East of England.

UK delivers more than 600,000 vaccines in 24 hours


More than 600,000 first and second doses of coronavirus vaccine were administered in Britain in the space of 24 hours, according to data released on Saturday.

Official figures showed that 119,306 first doses were given on Friday, and 485,421 second doses. The data also showed a further 35 people had died from the virus within 28 days of a positive test, and 2,206 people had tested positive.

In the last seven days, daily deaths were down 29% from the previous week, while cases were down 6.5%.

Covid-19 deaths in London ‘hit zero’ on several days this month


Deaths from Covid-19 have fallen to zero on several days so far this month in London as the disease is pushed further onto the retreat, official figures reveal today.

They currently show that no deaths, within 28 days of individuals testing positive for coronavirus, were recorded in the capital on April 2, 4, 6, 9, 11, 12, with zero also announced yesterday.

Health chiefs say some of these figures may change up to five days afterwards, or possibly even later, so certainly the most recent need to be treated with caution.

However, they highlight how fatalities from the disease in the city are now at a very low level.

U.K. Coronavirus Strain Does Not Lead To More Severe Illness And Death, Study Finds


People infected with the U.K. variant of the coronavirus didn’t experience more severe symptoms and weren’t more likely to die from this particular strain, according to a new study of hospitalized patients published Monday.

The strain, called the B.1.1.7 variant, remains more contagious than original strains of the virus however, according to the study in The Lancet Infectious Diseases.

The U.K. strain is believed to have first emerged in England in September 2020, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is now the most common strain in the U.S.

Researchers for The Lancet study collected samples from patients at the University College London Hospital and the North Middlesex University Hospital between Nov. 9 to Dec 20, 2020. The samples were collected just prior to a surge in hospitalizations in England and Ireland due to the rapid spread of this particular strain of the coronavirus.

Number of deaths in England and Wales before Easter at lowest level in six months, ONS data shows


The number of deaths registered in England and Wales in the week before the Easter weekend has fallen to the lowest level in six months, new figures show.

In the week ending 2 April, there were 400 registrations where coronavirus was mentioned on the death certificate, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

This is the lowest number since the week ending 2 October and down by 44% on the previous week.

UK – Covid vaccine: All over-50s and high risk groups offered first dose


All over-50s and those in high-risk groups in the UK have now been offered a first dose of a coronavirus vaccine, the government has announced.

It means ministers have met their target of offering a first dose to the top nine priority groups by 15 April.

The government said it was on track to offer a first dose to all adults by the end of July, with those in their late 40s expected to be next in England.

More than 32 million people in the UK have had their first dose.

And on Saturday a record 475,230 second doses were given out, with more than 7.6 million people now fully vaccinated.

Under-50s in Northern Ireland have already been asked to book appointments, and more people in the age group in other parts of the UK are now set to get their invitations.

It comes as England joins Wales and Scotland in giving out its first doses of the Moderna jab, the third Covid-19 vaccine to be administered in the UK.

UK-made Valneva coronavirus vaccine produces ‘strong immune response’ in early trials, says Matt Hancock


Tests on a new COVID vaccine in the UK have so far shown it produces a “strong immune response”, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said.

The Valneva COVID-19 vaccine is being developed in Livingston, Scotland, and data from an early-stage phase one/two study involving 153 people showed promising results for the jab, paving the way for a phase three clinical trial.

The vaccine was safe and generally well tolerated, with no safety concerns identified by an independent data safety monitoring board.

The company said the results showed the vaccine was “highly immunogenic with more than 90% of all study participants developing significant levels of antibodies” to the COVID virus spike protein.

Asthma drug ‘speeds up recovery at home’


A cheap drug, commonly used to treat asthma, can help people at home recover more quickly from Covid-19, a UK trial has found.

Two puffs of budesonide twice a day could benefit many over-50s with early symptoms around the world, said the University of Oxford research team.

There are also early signs the drug could reduce hospital admissions.

The NHS says it can now be prescribed by GPs to treat Covid on a case-by-case basis from today.

At present, there are few options for treating people with Covid who are not in hospital, apart from paracetamol.

This widely-available asthma drug works in the lungs, where coronavirus can do serious damage, and could improve the recovery of at-risk patients who are unwell with Covid at home.

Prof Stephen Powis, national medical director of NHS England, said he was “delighted” by the trial results so far and he said GPs could prescribe it after “a shared decision conversation” with patients.

UK sets new record for Covid jab second doses


More than 400,000 second doses of Covid vaccines have been given in the UK for the fourth consecutive day, according to the latest government data.

A record total of 475,230 second doses were administered on Saturday – along with 111,109 first doses.

On Friday, 450,136 second doses and 106,878 first doses were received.

There were 1,730 new infections recorded in the past 24 hours and a further seven deaths within 28 days of a positive test.

That is the lowest daily death toll by this measure since 14 September 2020. However, there can be a lag in reporting coronavirus statistics during weekends.

7 UK daily reported deaths as 1,730 confirmed cases reported – down 99.4% on peak


The UK has recorded seven people have died within 28 days of a positive Covid-19 test.

It bring the total death toll to 127,087, according to the UK government.

Separate figures published by the UK’s statistics agencies show there have been around 150,000 deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

The Department of Health and Social Care also confirmed a further 1,730 lab-confirmed cases of the virus had been recorded in the UK, bringing the total to 4,369,775.