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THIRD of Britain saw ZERO Covid deaths last month

Around 22million individuals are dwelling in areas throughout the UK the place there have been no coronavirus deaths thus far in April, official figures revealed right this moment. 

Data from the Government’s Covid dashboard suggests the risk of the virus has nearly been eradicated in a 3rd of the nation, regardless of everybody nonetheless being subjected to harsh lockdown restrictions. 

It marks a seismic shift from the UK’s dire scenario in January on the peak of the second wave, when fewer than 50,000 Britons have been in locations with zero coronavirus victims throughout that month.



Analysis by BBC News reveals some areas have gone even longer than a month with out reporting a Covid dying —  Plymouth last recorded one 57 days in the past and Oxford and Maidstone, in Kent, have gone two months.

The statistics, which go as much as April 29, reveals fewer than 600 deaths inside 28 days of a optimistic take a look at have been reported this month, in contrast with greater than 30,000 all through the identical interval in January.

More than half (56 per cent) of native authorities in Scotland have not but recorded a virus fatality this April, with solely Glasgow posting greater than 9 thus far.

In England 44 per cent of authorities are but to report one. The areas are scattered everywhere in the nation, exhibiting how the scenario is bettering in every single place and isn’t restricted to sure areas.

Britain has been capable of flip the tide on the Covid disaster so shortly due to powerful lockdown restrictions and the success of the vaccine programme, which right this moment opened as much as everybody over 40 in England. It is predicted to be expanded to incorporate over-30s inside a fortnight. 

Latest figures present one other 462,000 second and 134,000 first vaccine doses have been dished out on Wednesday. In whole, 48million jabs have been given throughout the UK, together with 14million second doses.

The dying figures have been hailed by one of the Government scientific adviser’s as a ‘actually good signal’ that ‘provides us confidence’ the nation can return to normality by summer time. The overwhelming majority of Britain can also be dwelling in areas the place fewer than two individuals examined optimistic for Covid up to now week.

England faces at the least seven extra weeks of restrictions. June 21 has been earmarked because the earliest doable date that almost all curbs might be lifted. The relaxation of the UK has but to announce when it should drop measures.

One of the nation’s main scientists mentioned individuals who’ve acquired each vaccines ought to ‘get out and socialise’, including that two totally jabbed individuals ought to have the ability to hug – regardless of Government steering not permitting it.   

In extra excellent news, Boris Johnson shall be advised that social distancing might be scrapped at huge outside occasions from June 21, paving the way in which for the return of huge crowds.  

In different coronavirus information right this moment, it has emerged; 

  • Vaccines for over-30s are set to start out inside a fortnight whereas 40-year-olds shall be invited for his or her jabs from right this moment; 
  • England’s coronavirus vaccine postcode lottery was laid naked once more as a MailOn-line evaluation revealed elements of London and Lancashire have jabbed fewer than half of residents aged 45 to 49; 
  • Boris Johnson shall be advised that social distancing might be scrapped at huge outside occasions from June 21, paving the way in which for the return of huge crowds;
  • A Public Health England report revealed infections within the over-80s have fallen to the bottom degree on report;
  • Grant Shapps mentioned holidaymakers will have the ability to get a Covid take a look at for simply £45 underneath authorities plans to make holidays overseas extra inexpensive when worldwide journey opens up. 

Around 22million individuals are dwelling in areas throughout the UK the place there have been no coronavirus deaths thus far in April, official figures revealed right this moment

NHS England statistics going up to April 25 show that 65 per cent of adults in the age group have had their first dose of either the AstraZeneca, Pfizer or Moderna jab. But MailOnline analysis shows inoculation rates vary wildly across the country. Seven local authorities have seen fewer than half of residents in the age group

NHS England statistics going as much as April 25 present that 65 per cent of adults within the age group have had their first dose of both the AstraZeneca, Pfizer or Moderna jab. But MailOn-line evaluation reveals inoculation charges differ wildly throughout the nation. Seven native authorities have seen fewer than half of residents within the age group

Despite every region seeing Covid cases decrease overall, some councils saw an increase in cases in the week ending April 25. Public Health England data breaks the country down into 149 different areas

Despite each area seeing Covid instances lower total, some councils saw a rise in instances within the week ending April 25. Public Health England information breaks the nation down into 149 completely different areas

Four-fifths of areas in England saw coronavirus infections drop in week ending April 18. Places in Shropshire, South Tyneside, Haringey and East Sussex recorded rises of at least 50 per cent - but because the virus is circulating in such small numbers, even small outbreaks will skew the rate upwards

Four-fifths of areas in England saw coronavirus infections drop in week ending April 18. Places in Shropshire, South Tyneside, Haringey and East Sussex recorded rises of at the least 50 per cent – however as a result of the virus is circulating in such small numbers, even small outbreaks will skew the rate upwards

Just 6.3 per 100,000 people in the age group caught the disease in the week ending April 25, the lowest since last August (7.7). The weekly infection rate in over-80s peaked at 623 in mid-January.  The age groups recording a slight rise are 10 to 19-year-olds, with 45.5 cases per 100,000 people in the seven days to April 25, up week-on-week from 44.0; five to nine-year-olds, up from 13.6 to 13.9; four and under, up from 8.4 to 8.9; and 60 to 69-year-olds, up from 12.3 to 12.6

Just 6.3 per 100,000 individuals within the age group caught the illness within the week ending April 25, the bottom since last August (7.7). The weekly an infection rate in over-80s peaked at 623 in mid-January.  The age teams recording a slight rise are 10 to 19-year-olds, with 45.5 instances per 100,000 individuals within the seven days to April 25, up week-on-week from 44.0; 5 to nine-year-olds, up from 13.6 to 13.9; 4 and underneath, up from 8.4 to eight.9; and 60 to 69-year-olds, up from 12.3 to 12.6

Every English region also saw falls in cases in the past week — despite millions more tests being deployed — with the lowest rates recorded in the South West (14.2), South East (17.2) and the East of England (20.5). Yorkshire and the Humber recorded the highest rate in the seven days to April 25: 44.7 cases per 100,000 people, down very slightly from 46.0 in the previous week

Every English area additionally saw falls in instances up to now week — regardless of hundreds of thousands extra checks being deployed — with the bottom charges recorded within the South West (14.2), South East (17.2) and the East of England (20.5). Yorkshire and the Humber recorded the very best rate within the seven days to April 25: 44.7 instances per 100,000 individuals, down very barely from 46.0 within the earlier week

Meanwhile Test and Trace figures show infections fell by nine per cent in the week up to April 21, despite 600,000 more swabs being carried out. Out of 5.1million tests in the most recent week, just 16,776 were positive

Meanwhile Test and Trace figures present infections fell by 9 per cent within the week as much as April 21, regardless of 600,000 extra swabs being carried out. Out of 5.1million checks in the latest week, simply 16,776 have been optimistic

The dying information was described by Dr Mike Tildesley, from the University of Warwick and a member of the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Modelling (Spi-M) group, as ‘actually excellent news’.

‘We’ve seen a number of elements of the nation the place prevalence is absolutely, actually low. So, I believe it provides us confidence,’ he advised BBC News. 

But one other Government scientist, Professor Graham Medley, of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, took a extra cautious stance, including: ‘We have seen earlier than, when issues go unsuitable they’ll go unsuitable shortly.’

However, the vaccines haven’t solely been proven to dramatically scale back an individual’s probability of falling unwell with the virus, a Public Health England evaluation earlier this week discovered in addition they cease them from spreading it to others. 

There are 1,553 sufferers in hospital with Covid-19, the bottom determine for seven months and down from a peak of 39,000 in January. 

Professor Tim Spector, the King’s College London epidemiologist mentioned aged individuals who have had each jabs ought to now get out and socialise.

He advised the Mirror: ‘Rates are low, we’re not out of it but however we might be optimistic. We should not be too anxious about meeting individuals exterior. I believe we will begin to more and more get pleasure from life so long as we’re wise.

Twenty areas of England have already jabbed 80% of 45 to 49 year olds… however elements of London and Lancashire have but to hit 50%

England’s coronavirus vaccine postcode lottery was laid naked once more right this moment as information revealed elements of London and Lancashire have jabbed fewer than half of residents aged 45 to 49.

NHS England statistics going as much as April 25 present that 65 per cent of adults within the age group have had their first dose of both the AstraZeneca, Pfizer or Moderna jab.

But MailOn-line evaluation reveals inoculation charges differ wildly throughout the nation. Seven native authorities have seen inoculated fewer than half of residents within the age group.

Kensington and Chelsea in London has the bottom uptake rate within the nation by a ways, with simply 6,678 of 15,384 individuals within the borough getting a primary dose — an uptake rate of simply 43.4 per cent.

For comparability, some 20 areas of the nation have vaccinated greater than 80 per cent of their residents within the age group. 

It comes because the NHS in England right this moment expanded the inoculation drive to everybody aged 40 and over, with the roll-out persevering with at tempo regardless of provide concern fears.

Adults of their thirties are anticipated to start out receiving texts inviting them to guide an appointment to get their first jab inside weeks.  

The UK has now dished out 34million first jabs and 14million adults are actually totally vaccinated — greater than 1 / 4 of the inhabitants. It means nearly 50million vaccines have already been dished out because the scheme started at the beginning of December.

‘This is reassuring for aged individuals who have been isolating for a year and have been double vaccinated, to say, “Look guys, your risk is so small, you should get out there and socialise.”

‘Two aged vaccinated individuals ought to have the ability to exit and provides one another a hug. We’re simply not being sincere in that for people who find themselves double vaccinated the dangers are tiny. Lots of individuals are nonetheless being terrified by Government messages and should by no means return to regular.’ 

Professor Karol Sikora, a medical professional on the University of Buckingham, advised MailOn-line the pandemic can be declared over now if the Government hadn’t been ‘frightened by messages from the Government’. 

From right this moment, anybody aged 40 and over in England can guide a vaccination. People are being invited by way of textual content from ‘NHSvaccine’, which features a internet hyperlink to the well being service’s on-line reserving service. This is ready to be prolonged on May 10, when individuals aged 35 to 39 are prone to be known as up for his or her first jabs. 

Meanwhile, The Telegraph stories that Boris Johnson shall be advised that social distancing might be scrapped at huge outside occasions from June 21. Scientists monitoring the influence of letting followers again into the FA Cup semi-final, Carabao Cup remaining and the snooker World Championships have famous no spike in instances amongst attendees.  

This means they are going to advise the PM subsequent week that crowds can return safely with out social distancing in June – so long as measures resembling staggering entries and good air flow are put in place.   

Despite the optimistic information, vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi mentioned yesterday Britons wanted to be ‘cautious’ and that it was too quickly to hug or combine indoors.

Meanwhile, the Department of Health’s day by day replace revealed there have been 2,445 instances up to now 24 hours and 22 deaths, with infections down 10 per cent from per week in the past and deaths up barely on the 18 last Thursday. 

Official information yesterday revealed coronavirus instances have been down in each area of England and fewer individuals over the age of 80 are catching the virus than ever.

Public Health England’s weekly Covid report discovered simply 6.3 per 100,000 individuals in essentially the most weak age group caught the illness within the week ending April 25, the bottom since surveillance information started last June. The an infection rate amongst over-80s peaked at 623 in mid-January.

For over-60s, the rate was 9.1, down from 9.9 the week earlier than and a excessive of 454 on the peak of the second wave. 

Every English area additionally saw falls in instances up to now week — regardless of hundreds of thousands extra checks being deployed — with the bottom charges recorded within the South West (14.2), South East (17.2) and the East of England (20.5).  

But regardless of a plethora of proof exhibiting the virus is firmly in retreat, England faces at the least seven extra weeks of restrictions. June 21 has been earmarked because the earliest doable date that almost all curbs might be lifted.

The nation’s largest symptom monitoring examine estimated simply 757 individuals are getting sick with Covid day-after-day in England. Across the entire of the UK, it’s believed to be 1,046. Infections have by no means been decrease, even in comparison with last summer time when lockdown guidelines had been lifted and the virus was in retreat, in accordance with the examine which launched in May last year. 

Meanwhile, Test and Trace figures present infections fell by 9 per cent within the week as much as April 21, regardless of 600,000 extra swabs being carried out. Out of 5.1million checks, simply 16,776 have been optimistic — the bottom weekly whole since last September.

The optimistic information add to the persevering with big success of the vaccine rollout, which scientists have discovered is chopping transmission of the virus and conserving individuals out of hospital. Almost 70 per cent of England has Covid antibodies, separate figures revealed yesterday.

According to the King’s examine, the present danger of getting contaminated with Covid in Britain is one in 45,000 — and only one in 100,000 in vaccinated individuals.  

It got here as Matt Hancock acquired his first coronavirus jab yesterday morning. The 42-year-old Health Secretary was given the jab by England’s deputy chief medical officer Professor Jonathan Van-Tam on the Science Museum in London. 

Despite but extra promising indicators in official Covid information, No10 continues to be not giving means on its roadmap, saying it was nonetheless not a case for opening up the nation earlier than deliberate. 

But vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi mentioned England was on observe for a ‘additional’ reopening of the financial system on May 17 — when pubs and eating places will reopen for indoor service and international journey resumes.

Earlier this week one other minister recommended that restrictions on funerals may ease as half of a larger unlocking within the subsequent stage of the roadmap. Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey mentioned stringent funeral guidelines have been underneath ‘cautious consideration’. At the second a most of 30 mourners can attend and so they need to socially distance.

Mr Zahawi additionally insisted the nation was on observe to return out of lockdown as deliberate on June 21, when all authorized limits on social contacts are set to be abolished. But critics say life is not going to totally return to regular as a result of masks, mass testing and Covid passports will doubtless play a key position in day by day life.  

Yesterday’s PHE report discovered case charges in England have fallen barely amongst most age teams, with a slight rise in others, Public Health England mentioned.

The age teams recording a slight rise have been 10 to 19-year-olds, with 45.5 instances per 100,000 individuals within the seven days to April 25, up week-on-week from 44.0; 5 to nine-year-olds, up from 13.6 to 13.9; 4 and underneath, up from 8.4 to eight.9; and 60 to 69-year-olds, up from 12.3 to 12.6.

Case charges in all areas of England have fallen. 

Yorkshire and the Humber recorded the very best rate within the seven days to April 25: 44.7 instances per 100,000 individuals, down very barely from 46.0 within the earlier week. South West England had the bottom rate: 14.2, broadly unchanged from 14.4.

The PHE surveillance examine depends on the centralised testing database and is one of one of the best indicators of the nation’s Covid scenario.

The King’s College London Covid Symptom Study depends on round a million volunteers reporting their signs and take a look at outcomes by means of a cellular app. 

But coronavirus instances are actually so unusual that the system is struggling to precisely predict the scale of the outbreak. 

The proven fact that vaccines imply fewer and fewer individuals are prone to the illness additionally means the case rate can’t be instantly scaled as much as the British inhabitants. 

Professor Spector mentioned: ‘Low incidence and excessive immunisation charges within the UK makes it at the moment tough for Covid surveillance surveys to extrapolate an infection information to the broader inhabitants. 

‘As a outcome, we’re assessing our methodology to verify ZOE continues to provide correct and dependable Covid information. It’s a terrific position to be in.  

‘It’s very reassuring that low charges proceed regardless of reopening gyms and outside areas in pubs and eating places, and bodes nicely for additional rest of restrictions according to the federal government roadmap out of lockdown.’

Other promising information from Test and Trace confirmed optimistic checks fell by 9 per cent to 16,776 within the seven days to April 21 – regardless of a surge in testing. For comparability, on the peak of the second wave nearly 400,000 instances have been being transferred for tracing each week.

As many as 5,081,932 swabs for the virus have been carried out within the week to April 21, 15 per cent greater than the greater than 4.4million achieved within the earlier week. 

Mr Zahawi mentioned there was nothing within the ‘actually promising’ information that will threaten Britain’s return to normality.  

He advised the Today programme yesterday morning: ‘The excellent news is that vaccinations are working. About 70 per cent of the grownup inhabitants of England now have antibodies, nearly two-thirds have had a single dose, 1 / 4 have had two doses.

‘[There are] tons of actually good issues, however now we have to stay cautious and we’ll proceed to take a look at the information… But the excellent news is May 17 seems good, June 21 seems good too.’ 

In an interview with LBC, he added that England was on observe for a ‘additional’ reopening on May 17.

But, tempering expectations, Mr Zahawi warned the Government was nonetheless uneasy about green-lighting mass gathering like summer time festivals. 

He added: ‘If you are actually reserving, you then do carry some danger, clearly as a result of now we have to comply with the information.’   

It got here after Jonathan Van-Tam claimed the UK is ‘at or near the underside’ of its Covid outbreak’.

He advised a Downing Street press convention on Wednesday that he was ‘hopeful’ about Britain getting again to regular within the coming months and mentioned vaccines ought to imply powerful nationwide lockdowns will not occur once more.

Professor Van-Tam in contrast the scenario now to last September’s, earlier than the devastating second wave ignited by the Kent variant, and mentioned: ‘The vaccine has undoubtedly helped… it truly is the way in which out of moving into hassle of the identical measurement and magnitude ever once more.’ 

His feedback got here on the again of a significant Office for National Statistics (ONS) testing survey that exposed practically seven in 10 adults in Britain now have coronavirus antibodies. It suggests the bulk of the inhabitants now has some immunity towards the illness. 

Meanwhile, hopes that restrictions on funerals may ease in weeks have been boosted earlier this week as Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey hinted they might change on May 17. 

She mentioned the stringent guidelines have been underneath ‘cautious consideration’ for the subsequent stage of the roadmap out of lockdown after being challenged throughout an interview on LBC radio over why hundreds of soccer followers can return to stadiums in trial occasions however funeral mourners are restricted to 30. 

Miss Coffey mentioned: ‘I do know that this explicit concern is underneath cautious consideration for the subsequent step of the roadmap, which is because of come within the subsequent few weeks.’

It will not be clear which guidelines may very well be relaxed, however last week the Mail revealed that grieving households could possibly hug at funerals subsequent month. Government sources mentioned they have been ‘hopeful’ {that a} evaluation would loosen up social distancing guidelines inside weeks.

At the second, mourners should keep at the least two metres from these exterior their family or help bubble. The guidelines have been branded ‘inhumane’, and MPs, ministers and charities have joined forces to name for an pressing evaluation. 

Separate promising evaluation revealed on Wednesday revealed a single dose of vaccine slashes the danger of spreading coronavirus to a member of your family by as much as half. This means not solely do they scale back the possibility of catching Covid within the first place, the jabs significantly scale back the probabilities of passing it on. 

The evaluation, which concerned nearly 1.5million adults, is the primary of its form to verify the effectiveness of the vaccines in curbing the virus’s capacity to unfold.

The new examine on transmission of the virus discovered that adults who acquired the Pfizer vaccine – however nonetheless caught the virus – have been 49 per cent much less prone to unfold it to different family members than those that weren’t inoculated.

The outcomes for the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab weren’t fairly pretty much as good however nonetheless, those that acquired it have been 38 per cent much less prone to transmit it to others of their family.

But the truth that each vaccines dramatically scale back the virus’s capacity to unfold – in addition to stopping severe sickness – provide renewed hope that they maintain the important thing to a return to regular life.

They have already been proven to cut back coronavirus hospitalisations and deaths by 80 per cent after one dose, rising even increased after full immunity. 

NHS England started providing individuals a jab to individuals aged 42 and over this week and the programme is predicted to open to individuals of their 30s subsequent week.


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