Covid: Further 159 deaths and 39,716 new coronavirus cases recorded in latest UK daily figures

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A further 159 deaths and 39,716 new coronavirus cases have been recorded in the UK in the latest daily Covid figures.

Covid: Further 159 deaths and 39,716 new coronavirus cases recorded in latest UK daily figures
© PA Archive Coronavirus – Mon Mar 29, 2021

The number of deaths announced on Tuesday is a slight fall from the 165 recorded on the same day last week.

It brings the UK total of people who have died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 to 144,969, according to the Government figures.

The 39,716 lab-confirmed Covid-19 cases is a 6.5 per cent decrease on the 42,484 recorded last Tuesday.

It is also a fall on yesterday when 42,583 cases were recorded.

The latest figures also show a further 22,391 first doses of Covid vaccine have been administered bringing the total number of first doses delivered by November 29 to 50,963,718.

Some 46,367,149 second doses have been delivered in total, an increase of 26,092.

A combined total of 18,215,535 booster and third doses have also been given, a day-on-day rise of 318,671.

It comes as Boris Johnson announced plans to offer booster vaccines to everyone over the age of 18 by the end of January amid concern about the Omicron variant.

Speaking at a Downing Street press conference on Tuesday afternoon the PM set the target of everyone eligible for a booster to be offered one by that date.

Mr Johnson said at least 400 military personnel will help the NHS and “the fantastic jabs army of volunteers” deliver jabs, with centres “popping up like Christmas trees”.

But NHS Confederation chief executive Matthew Taylor said accelerating the booster programme would have “consequences” for a service that was already stretched.

“I think we can do it but to do it will have other consequences,” he told BBC Radio 4’s PM programme.

“Everybody knows our health service is under unprecedented pressure this winter. When you take a system that is already under enormous pressure and finds it difficult to cope, and you throw something else into it, then I’m afraid that it will have consequences.

“We need to be realistic about what the health service is going to be able to do when it is prioritising these booster programmes.”

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