18 May COVID-19: UK reports seven more coronavirus deaths as nearly 37 million people have had a vaccine dose | UK News
The UK has reported another seven coronavirus-related deaths and 2,412 new cases in the latest 24-hour period, according to government data.
The figures compare to five deaths and 1,979 cases announced on Monday, while 20 deaths and 2,474 cases were revealed last Tuesday.
It comes as a further 106,733 people in the UK had a first dose of a coronavirus vaccine on Monday, taking the total to 36,811,405.
Another 259,049 received their second jab on Monday, meaning 20,546,452 have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in the UK.
The latest data was revealed as Boris Johnson said there was “nothing conclusive to say we need to deviate” from plans to end coronavirus restrictions on 21 June.
Amid fears that rising cases of the Indian COVID variant could push back England’s roadmap out of lockdown, the prime minister said “we are looking very carefully at the data…what’s happening…the epidemiology…the extent to which the new variant may be more transmissible”.
He said “we will know a lot more in a few days’ time” and promised to “keep people informed” and “continually updated”.
He stressed it underlined the need for people to get vaccinated, if they are eligible.
Mr Johnson said data from hotspots including Bolton, Blackburn, Bedford and Sefton were being examined to find out more about the impact of the variant.
As the number of cases of the Indian variant B.1.617.2 nearly doubled in a week to 2,323, Health Secretary Matt Hancock told the House of Commons on Monday that the majority of people admitted to hospital in Bolton with it had been eligible for the jab but had not taken it up.
Sky analysis found the Indian coronavirus variant of concern appears to be spreading rapidly, with a 44% weekly increase in the number of areas in England recording a case.
Meanwhile, surge testing is being carried out in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, following the detection of the Indian variant.
NHS Test and Trace is providing additional testing and genomic sequencing in the Wembrook and Abbey wards of the town following the identification of confirmed cases of the B1617.2 variant.