Britain’s daily Covid cases drop week-on-week for fifth day in a row: UK posts 35,077 positive tests in 8% dip as deaths plunge by a fifth to 33

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  • Another 35,077 positive cases were reported across the UK, down 7.6 per cent from the previous Monday
  • Meanwhile, 33 deaths were recorded among people who tested positive for the virus in the last 28 days
  • Some 48.9 million people have received their first dose of the COVID vaccine, while 44.9 million are fully immunized

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Covid cases in the UK have declined for the fifth day in a row, official figures revealed today.

Another 35,077 positive tests were recorded across the UK, down 7.6 per cent from the previous Monday.

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The decline comes after nearly two weeks of rising infections, fueled by lakhs of students returning to classes last month.

Meanwhile, 33 deaths were recorded among people who tested positive for the virus in the last 28 days. This marks a week-on-week decline of 17.5 percent. No COVID hospitalization figures were provided for the UK as a whole – but this trend is also declining.

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The death toll is several weeks behind infections because of how long it can take for infected patients to become seriously ill.

However, the Department of Health warned that it had not received all the death figures for England, which would have a ‘small impact’ on the number of deaths reported today.

Meanwhile, around 48.9 million people in the UK have now received their first dose of the COVID vaccine, while 44.9 million are fully immunised.

But officials have yet to disclose how many boosters have been given to those over 50, NHS and care home staff or vulnerable, as well as children aged 12 to 15 who have been given their first dose.

The rollout for these groups began last month and is an important part of the government’s strategy to suppress a fourth wave this autumn and winter that could overwhelm the NHS.

Since the start of the pandemic, nearly 7.9 million people have tested positive for the virus, while 136,986 have died within four weeks of testing positive.

England recorded 28,251 new infections, Scotland 1,760 confirmed cases, followed by 3,986 in Wales and 1,080 in Northern Ireland.

Cases are relatively flat in England and Northern Ireland, while they are falling in Scotland and Wales.

Infections are highest in children aged 10 to 14 in England, with 1,520 tests per 100,000 on 29 September, while 644 young people aged 15 to 19 – the second most infectious group – had the virus.

ONS claims COVID vaccines have killed only nine Brits

Just nine people in Britain have died from a COVID vaccine, government statisticians announced today in an effort to allay concerns about the jobs.

The Office for National Statistics counts deaths confirmed by a doctor or coroner who have to prove cause to ‘the best of their knowledge or belief’.

For deaths where a vaccine is suspected to be one of the contributing causes of death, a longer investigation should be performed.

The ONS acknowledged its figure – four deaths in England, four in Scotland and one in Northern Ireland – is bound to rise further through the process in the coming months.

But scientists today questioned that number, which doesn’t yet take into account the dozens of deaths linked to the AstraZeneca vaccine and rare blood clots.

The UK’s drug watchdog Medicine and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) says there have been 72 deaths from clots since that jab alone.

Professor Lawrence Young, a virologist at the University of Warwick, said the ONS figure seemed “very low” based on information from the MHRA.

He told MailOnline that this ‘highlights the need for a more detailed investigation to reconcile these various estimates’.

The government credits the jabs of AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Moderna for saving 112,000 lives and preventing 24 million COVID infections.

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It comes as government statisticians announced today that only nine people in Britain have died directly from the COVID vaccine in an effort to address concerns about jobs.

The Office for National Statistics counts deaths confirmed by a doctor or coroner who have to prove cause to ‘the best of their knowledge or belief’.

For deaths where a vaccine is suspected to be one of the contributing causes of death, a longer investigation should be performed.

The ONS acknowledged its figure – four deaths in England, four in Scotland and one in Northern Ireland – is bound to rise further through the process in the coming months.

But scientists today questioned that number, which doesn’t yet take into account the dozens of deaths linked to the AstraZeneca vaccine and rare blood clots.

The UK’s drug watchdog Medicine and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) says there have been 72 deaths from clots since that jab alone.

Professor Lawrence Young, a virologist at the University of Warwick, said the ONS figure seemed “very low” based on information from the MHRA.

He told MailOnline that this ‘highlights the need for a more detailed investigation to reconcile these various estimates’.

The government credits the jabs of AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Moderna for saving 112,000 lives and preventing 24 million COVID infections.

Rigorous trials have shown the vaccines to be completely safe for most people, including children.

But there is a very small risk of side effects, which can be fatal even for a small number of patients.

The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines have been linked to inflammation of the heart, known as myocarditis, especially in young people.

Britain’s drug regulator says around one in 135,000 Britons given the mRNA vaccine have had myocarditis.

Most cases are mild and treatable within a few days but the condition is thought to be more common in children and young adults, affecting one in 10,000.

The long-term effects of this heartburn are still not known.

AstraZeneca’s jab, which relies on more traditional technology for the other two vaccines, has been associated with blood clots.

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