Covid cases rise by 3 per cent to 33,196 as another 61 die from virus

Covid cases rise again by 3 per cent to 33,196 as another 61 die from the virus – up 12 on last week’s figures

  • The latest figures show there were 61 deaths today and total of 33,196 new cases
  • This means number of new cases has risen by 3 per cent while deaths is up by 12
  • Number of patients admitted to hospital this week also increased by 6.7 per cent

Britain has recorded a further 61 Covid deaths and 33,196 more new cases on Sunday, official data showed.

The number of new cases represents a 3 per cent rise on the new daily cases from last Sunday which stood at 32,253 while only 49 daily deaths were recorded.

Infections in the last seven days rose by 5.8 per cent on the week before, and weekly deaths jumped by 16 per cent.

This means the new positive test rate over the last seven days is 240,528 while the number of deaths within 28 days of a positive test has been recorded as 797 – an increase of 110.

The Sunday figure for fatalities tends to be lower than weekdays due to a delay by some hospitals in reporting deaths.

Britain has recorded an average of 114 daily deaths in the last week.

The number of patients admitted to hospitals today has been recorded as 969 while the figure has reached 6,294 over the last week – an increase of 6.7 per cent.

It comes as a statistical analysis of vaccination data suggests millions of people missed having their second coronavirus vaccines by the time they were due to have them.

Figures published by the Government show that by August 18, a total of 1.4 million people who were due to have their second Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine had missed having it.

For the Oxford/AstraZeneca intake, between 400,000 and 600,000 people also eligible for their second dose by that date had not come forward.

The latest breakdown of figures were published by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency but taken from Department of Health and Social Care statistics.

They said that up to August 18, about 16.6 million have had their Pfizer/BioNTech second dose while 23.9 million had their second Oxford/AstraZeneca dose.

Data suggests millions of people missed having their second coronavirus vaccines by the time they were due to have them. Pictured: A Covid-19 vaccination centre at London Bridge

As a result of the Government changing the rules on how long people need to wait in between doses, people who had their first vaccines on and before May 26 and June 23 were eligible to receive a second jab on or before August 18.

For people who had the Pfizer vaccine, 14 million first doses were given on May 26 and 18 million first doses were given by June 23.

But by August 18, 12 and eight weeks later, only 16.6 million had jabs.

With the AstraZeneca vaccine, 24.3 million people had their first jabs on May 26 and 24.5 million had their first dose on June 23.

By August 18, only 23.9 million had their second doses.

A spokesman for the Department of Health and Social Care said more people have now come forward and had their vaccines since the data was published by the MHRA on Thursday.

For people who had the Pfizer vaccine, 14 million first doses were given on May 26 and 18 million first doses were given by June 23. Pictured: a patient received Pfizer vaccine on Aug 8

They added: ‘Almost nine in 10 people in the UK have now received one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine and the latest ONS data reports that 98 per cent of adults who received their first dose have said they are likely to have their second dose.

‘Getting two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine is the key to protecting yourselves and your loved ones and enjoying a host of new freedoms safely, whether that be to enjoy a trip abroad with family or a night out with friends, as we continue to build our wall of defence.

‘The benefits of the vaccines against Covid-19 continue to outweigh any risks.

‘The vaccines have already saved around 105,900 lives and prevented 24.1 million infections in England up to 20 August, according to the latest data from Public Health England and Cambridge University.’

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