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British strain of Covid-19 may be more deadly, says United Kingdom government

British strain of Covid-19 may be more deadly, says United Kingdom government”

Putting the data into context, he explained that for men in their 60s, the expected number of deaths had been about 10 in every 1,000 for the original virus.

Meanwhile, the Department of Health said that a total of 5,383,103 people had received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccination, as of January 22. With the new variant, that number increases to 13 or 14 in every 1,000.

However, SAGE scientists warned that case levels in Britain "remain dangerously high and we must remain vigilant to keep this virus under control, to protect the NHS (National Health Service) and save lives". Nearly 5 million people have already received a first shot.

SAGE believes the number of infections is falling between 1 and 4% a day.

The latest Government figures showed a further 1,401 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Friday, bringing the United Kingdom total to 95,981.

The ONS estimated one in 55 people in private households in England had Covid-19 between January 10 and 16, down from one in 50 people for the Christmas period of December 27 to January 2.

In London it fell to between 0.7 and 0.9, suggesting the disease is clearly in retreat in the capital, where hospitals are still under intense pressure. However, rates remain high and we estimate the level of infection is still over one million people.

For that study, 143,000 volunteers were tested in England between January 6 and 15, with results showing that one in 63 people were infected.

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Northern Ireland has seen cases surge from one in 200, comapred to the previous ONS survey of one in 60. Officials have also urged people to stay at home as much as possible while COVID-19 vaccines go out to older adults and at-risk individuals. Mumbai's overall recovery rate remains at 94 per cent.Maharashtra reported 2,779 new cases of coronavirus on Friday, and with that, the tally has now climbed to 20,03,657.

Another 1,401 people have died within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test.

The warning was issued by one of government's scientific advisory groups.

He made the comments after being challenged by a concerned member of the public at a Downing Street press conference about the decision to delay the follow-up jab.

- Police broke up a wedding attended by around 400 people in a school in Stamford Hill, north-east London.

Meanwhile, a cabinet minister has told Sky News that the full closure of the UK's borders has been "considered" by the government amid concerns about new COVID variants being imported from overseas.

These areas are Rochdale, West Lancashire, Knowsley, Liverpool and Sefton in north-west England; and Redbridge, Barking & Dagenham, Newham and Croydon in London.

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