COVID-19: UK records 57 additional coronavirus-related deaths and 45,140 new cases, according to daily figures | UK News
The UK has recorded 45,140 new cases of COVID-19 and 57 virus-related deaths in the last 24-hour period, according to government figures.
This is the fifth day in a row that the number of people testing positive for the coronavirus across the country has exceeded 40,000.
On Saturday, official data showed 148 deaths and 43,423 infections had been recorded and this time last week 38 deaths were reported along with 34,574 positive cases.
A total of 49,398,211 people have now received their first dose of vaccine after 23,706 received their vaccine yesterday.
Some 32,983 had their second vaccine, bringing the total number of fully vaccinated people in the UK to 45,358,472 – 78.9% of those over 12.
The latest figures come after former Prime Minister Gordon Brown told Sky News failure to send unused COVID vaccines from Europe and the United States to developing countries would be an act of “criminal” negligence .
He warned that there had been a “lack of coordination” on the part of Western countries to help other countries immunize their populations.
Mr Brown said a report due for release on Monday suggests that there are around 240 million vaccines in Europe and America that are unlikely to be used for months.
He said: “Many of them could be wasted – and it would be criminal – which could be immediately airlifted to countries where the level of immunization is so low that even nurses and doctors are not protected and certainly not the elderly and vulnerable.
“Boris Johnson promised the G7 that he would vaccinate the whole world.
“He made the bold announcement that by next year everyone who was an adult would be vaccinated in the developing world as well as the developed world.
“But since then, so little has happened that we are now faced with the possibility that every target will be missed.”