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UK records another 1,348 COVID-related deaths and 33,552 cases

Written by on 23/01/2021

The UK has recorded another 1,348 coronavirus-related deaths and 33,552 cases, according to the latest government figures.

A total of 5,861,351 people have had a first dose of a vaccine, with another 468,617 people so far also receiving their second inoculation against the virus.

It comes after the UK reported 1,401 coronavirus deaths and an additional 40,261 infections on Friday.

The R number – the average number of secondary infections produced by a single infected person – currently stands at between 0.8 and 1, with a daily infection growth rate range of -4% to -1%, the figures show.

The latest figures come as senior doctors called on England’s chief medical officer to halve the gap between the first and second doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine.

The British Medical Association (BMA) has said the gap between doses being given to patients should be cut from 12 weeks to six.

Meanwhile, the introduction of “COVID hotels” and other curbs on international travel are to be discussed by senior ministers on Monday.

It follows Prime Minister Boris Johnson hinting that further border restrictions were needed to stop dangerous new coronavirus variants entering the country.

 Sky News

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