The UK has registered zero Covid-19 deaths for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020. This was announced by the London government, releasing the data for Monday 31 May.
Covid, zero deaths in the UK
“The whole country will be happy to know that there were no deaths related to Covid yesterday“, Wrote the British Minister of Health in a statement, Matt Hancock, adding that the vaccines are clearly working.
Hancock, however, specified that “the virus is not yet beaten”, and with the cases in continuous rise due to the variants it is important to remember the now known anti Covid-19 rules, especially inside, and of receive both doses of the vaccine.
The UK’s Covid death toll is 127,782 dead and it is the fifth highest in the world, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
The last time Britain had reported zero Covid deaths was in March last year, before the country entered its first lockdown.
United Kingdom, green light for Johnson & Johnson vaccine
The UK ran Europe’s fastest vaccination campaign, with nearly three-quarters of adults receiving at least one dose of the vaccine. According to government data, 48.9% of the adult population is fully vaccinated.
Last week the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was the fourth vaccine to receive the green light from the British health authorities after Pfizer / BioNTech, AstraZeneca and Moderna.
Cases increase in the UK due to the Indian variant
After the slight increase in coronavirus cases (at a time when they should decline given the success of the vaccination campaign), Boris Johnson’s government could postpone the latest reopenings. The eventual decision would come following the heartfelt appeals by some experts about the risk of frustrating the efforts.
The increase in cases is mainly due to the variant isolated for the first time in India, now called the Delta variant by the World Health Organization.