THE UK’s new Covid circumstances and deaths have fallen once more, with 397 extra folks dying and 15,539 testing constructive.
The will increase take the UK’s whole case quantity to 1,705,971, whereas the demise toll is 61,014.
The will increase take the UK’s whole case quantity to 1,705,971, whereas the demise toll is 61,014
Crowds on Regent Avenue in Central London in the present dayCredit score: AP:Related Press
Right this moment’s new figures are decrease than yesterdays, as the results of the month-long coronavirus lockdown start to indicate.
Right this moment’s statistics come as:
The figures got here as a 15-year-old with no underlying well being circumstances was confirmed to have died from the bug.
Meanwhile, Fehzan Jamil, from Bradford, become one of the UK’s youngest coronavirus victims last month when he handed away on the age of simply 10.
The boy had quite a few underlying well being points and regardless of the efforts of his household to defend him from Covid-19, he contracted the virus and died in hospital.
The variety of youthful sufferers with no underlying well being circumstances dying from coronavirus stays low.
The Sun reported last month that 95% of coronavirus victims had underlying well being circumstances.
Out of the tragic 37,796 deaths in NHS England hospitals as much as November 20, 35,806 had underlying conditions.
Based on an evaluation of ONS knowledge by The Times, the typical age of coronavirus victims is 82.
Underlying conditions that put patients at serious risk of problems embody bronchial asthma, most cancers, cystic fibrosis and diabetes.
There’s a glimmer of hope for the longer term regardless of the big variety of deaths as GPs have been told to be ready to start giving patients the Covid-19 vaccine in just nine days.
Nevertheless, the NHS warned the “scale and complexity” of the immunisation programme would make it “one of many biggest challenges they’ve ever confronted”.
“It’s essential we begin to activate native vaccination providers to permit precedence affected person cohorts to begin accessing the vaccine,” it mentioned in a letter.
The warning was signed by Dr Nikita Kanani, medical director for major care at NHS England and NHS Enchancment, and Ed Waller, director of major care.
The vaccination websites should be able to administer 975 doses of the vaccine to precedence sufferers inside three-and-a-half days of supply on December 14.
Velocity is essential with the vaccine, as it’s often saved at -70C and can solely stay secure at fridge temperatures of between 2C and 8C for a restricted time.
There are 975 doses in every of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine packs, which has posed an issue of how they are often damaged up and distributed to different key websites akin to care properties.
The primary to obtain the vaccine within the centres shall be these aged 80 and over, so long as their different danger components “scientific or in any other case” had been taken into consideration.