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UK Covid cases fall to lowest level in 5 weeks as booster jabs pass 10 million

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Health Secretary Sajid Javid hailed the booster roll-out as a ‘phenomenal achievement’ as he urged people to ‘play their part’ and get their jab through the winter

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Coronavirus: UK cases increase by a further 30,000

UK Covid cases have fallen to their lowest level in five weeks as 30,305 cases were recorded on Sunday.

The latest figures come as more than 10 million booster jabs were administered since the government rolled out the program.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid hailed it as a “phenomenal achievement” as he urged people to “play their part” to help get through the winter.

He said: “If we all come together and play our part, we can get through this challenging winter, avoid a return to restrictions, and enjoy Christmas.”

More than 400,000 people received their booster jab on Saturday, according to government figures.

More than one million people in London, Midlands, North East and Yorkshire, North West England and South West England have got their third jab.

In the East of England, 996,164 people have had their booster jab and that figure is 956, 896 in South West England.

Covid-19 infection rates are the highest they have ever been in England, according to figures
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Furthermore, booster jabs have been delivered or booked in at every older adult care home in England where safe to do so, with almost nine in 10 care homes already visited.

Vaccines Minister Maggie Throup said: “We are making brilliant progress with the COVID-19 booster programme and that’s testament to the tireless dedication of the NHS, and GPs, pharmacies and their teams.

“Booster vaccines will ensure those with increased risk of complications from COVID-19 maintain strong immunity during the winter and I urge everybody to take up the offer as soon as you become eligible.”

Dr Nikki Kanani, NHS deputy vaccination programme lead and GP said: “Over ten million lifesaving top-up vaccinations is a fantastic achievement in just seven weeks by the NHS vaccination programme thanks to our staff.

“A record 371,000 boosters and third doses were chalked up in England alone yesterday, taking the total delivered to almost 8.5 million, as hundreds and thousands of people come forward every day to maximise their protection.

“With winter fast approaching I urge anyone who has not yet had a booster – or indeed a first or second dose – to not delay any further in protecting themselves and their loved ones against this deadly virus.

“People can now walk-in without an appointment to get their top-up vaccination and from tomorrow can book in an appointment a month in advance of becoming eligible – so there is no excuse to not get the lifesaving vaccine and people should do so as soon as they can.”

Data from Sunday also showed a decrease in cases compared to the 38,009 new infections recorded on Sunday, October 31.

Today’s cases are also a slight drop from the 30,693 Covid-19 cases logged yesterday. The UK also recorded 62 deaths in the past 24 hours, compared to yesterday’s 155.

On Friday, 193 deaths were recorded, down from 214 on Thursday, 217 deaths on November 3 and 293 on November 2.

On November 1 there were 170 deaths recorded. Deaths and cases are often lower over the weekend due to a lag in processing.

The latest figures come as the UK is no longer the Covid capital of Europe, according to official data.

Austria, Belgium and Ireland have taken over Britain with their infection rate, despite all three countries having stricter policies on vaccine passports and face masks.

However, Covid-19 infection rates are the highest they have ever been in England, raising serious concerns about the country’s response to the virus.

Around one in 50 people in private households in England had Covid-19 in the week to October 30, unchanged from the previous week, according to the latest estimates from the Office for National Statistics.

Those who are eligible for a Covid-19 booster vaccine can get their third jab without having to wait to be invited
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One in 50 is the equivalent of about 1.1 million people, and is the same proportion of people who were estimated to have coronavirus at the peak of the second wave in early January.

British travellers who fail to take their booster coronavirus jabs will face renewed restrictions, it has been reported.

So far only 60 per cent of those eligible for their third jab have come forward for their booster vaccine.

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Now it has been reported that there are plans being drawn up to reimpose quarantine and testing for those who have refused their third vaccine – even if they are double-jabbed.

Measures could be introduced to protect the UK against the spread of new corona­virus variants, it is reported.

Plans would change the definition of fully vaccinated from being double jabbed to being triple jabbed.

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