Covid cases drop 20% in one week as government braces for booster injections – .

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Covid cases drop 20% in one week as government braces for booster injections – .


The UK recorded 29,173 new cases of Covid-19 on Sunday, down 20% from the 37,011 recorded on the same day last week.

There have been 56 recorded deaths, down from the 68 recorded last Sunday, according to the latest figures from Public Health England.

Up to 89% of people aged 16 and over have received the first dose of a Covid vaccine, while 80.8% have now received both doses, equivalent to 48 million and 43 million people respectively .

It comes as Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to repeal emergency lockdown powers as part of his winter plan to tackle Covid as he relies on booster injections to contain the spread virus.

The Mirror reported on Saturday evening how the Joint Committee on Vaccines and Immunization (JCVI) is expected to give the most vulnerable the green light this week to have a third jab.

This will give the Prime Minister the green light to obtain gun doses in a few days after that.

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Government to announce plans for booster injections as it develops plans to deal with Covid-19 during winter
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Mr Johnson, on the other hand, will repeal lockdown laws that gave police the power to detain those who have tested positive for Covid and shut down businesses that have remained open.

It is also believed that the government will announce next week its intention to vaccinate children between the ages of 12 and 15 as of September 22.

NHS bosses have reportedly already been briefed on the deployment, while schools have reportedly been urged to prepare for the vaccination effort.








Figures released this weekend reveal 8,085 people hospitalized with Covid
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The government is reportedly waiting for the nation’s four chief medical officers (CMOs) to indicate whether a 12 to 15-year-old should be slapped in the face, after the JCVI said the benefits would be only “marginal” compared to the potential harms.

The roughly 200,000 clinically vulnerable children in the age group or those whose loved ones are deemed to be at risk of Covid-19 are already eligible for the jab.

The move comes as hospitals in some areas have started canceling operations as Covid cases have already started to increase.

And tonight, NHS experts warned that additional pressure from the coronavirus could mean the UK’s record waiting lists could take seven years to clear.

Figures released over the weekend reveal 8,085 people are hospitalized with Covid – a six-month high. The number rose 6% in one week and is at its highest since early March.

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SAGE independent professor Anthony Costello has warned that a Covid crisis will be added to waiting lists, which this week reached a record 5.6 million.

NHS Confederation Leader Matthew Taylor painted an even darker picture. He said: ‘If Covid were to go away and we were not to face any other disease, it is reasonable to hope that the NHS could return to normal in three years.

“But if Covid stays, we could face a backlog of six to seven years.

“The funding is just not there. Waiting lists will continue to grow.

“We have to keep a very, very careful eye on this – the health service is operating at full capacity. “

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