Deaths fall by 41% in past week as 40% UK adult population vaccinated, Matt Hancock announces


Coronavirus deaths in the UK have fallen by 41% in the last week, the health secretary has said, after the vaccination programme progressed to jabbing two fifths of all adults.

Matt Hancock said the dramatic fall in fatalities shows that “vaccines work”, and that the link between Covid-19 cases, hospitalisations and deaths “is now breaking”.

It comes after data published by all four UK nations showed the vaccination scheme had passed the milestone of giving more than a million people both doses of a coronavirus jab.

Mr Hancock said at least 21.3 million people in the UK had received their first dose of a vaccine.