UK COVID deaths today rose by 1,322 in what is a 23 per cent drop on last Wednesday’s jump.
Another 19,202 cases were recorded, meaning 3,871,825 have now tested positive for the bug in Britain since the start of the pandemic.
Volunteers delivered and collected Covid 19 testing kits in Woking todayCredit: Darren Fletcher Photography – The Sun
The number of deaths logged on a Wednesday have recently been higher than other days in the week.
But today’s rise is smaller than it was yesterday, when 1,449 fatalities were reported.
It is also considerably smaller than last Wednesday’s spike (1,725) and the Wednesday before that (1,820) when the nation recorded its highest ever jump in fatalities.
A total of 109,335 people have now died from the bug since the start of the pandemic.
It comes as…
It comes after a single dose of the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine was found to slash Covid transmissions, raising hopes lockdown restrictions could be eased by Easter.
More than 10 million Covid-busting vaccines have been given out across the nation so far.
And now, scientists at Oxford University have revealed Britain’s jabs rollout could have already begun to stop the virus spreading.
They found there was a 67 per cent drop in positive swabs among those already vaccinated.
It means those given the jab are not only less likely to get severe disease or die, but also have some protection against catching the virus and passing it on to others.
Boris Johnson will hail the progress in a No10 press conference tonight, before urging Brits to take to their doorsteps to celebrate Captain Tom’s legacy and the tens of millions he raised.
The fundraising legend’s family are supporting the moment to honour his brilliant life.
The PM will lead the clapping from 10 Downing Street this evening and today urged as many as possible to come out and show their respects.
The clap every Thursday became a tradition during the first lockdown as Brits took to their windows, doorsteps and balconies to thank those working on the Covid frontline.
Boris told the Commons this afternoon: “We all now have the opportunity to show our appreciation for him and all that he stood for and believed in.
“That is why I encourage everyone to join in a national clap for Captain Tom and all those health workers for whom he raised money at 6pm this evening.”