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Covid infections rise by just 1.5% in a week

Covid infections rise by just 1.5% in a week: UK records another 29,612 cases as number of deaths stays the same at 56

  • Britain recorded 29,612 coronavirus cases today – up from 29,173 last Sunday
  • The death figure stayed exactly the same – 56 for both today and last Sunday
  • Figures come as booster jab invites are being sent out to more than a million people to ‘strengthen the wall of defence’ created by vaccines

Britain recorded another 29,612 coronavirus cases today – a 1.5 per cent increase from last Sunday’s 29,173.

The death figure stayed exactly the same – 56 for both today and last Sunday.

But Government figures for the total number of cases over the last seven days reveals a 17.7% drop in cases – with the figure for this week standing at 207,368, a decrease of 44,643 from the previous week.

There were 1,003 deaths in total over the last seven days however, representing an increase of 32 (3.3%) when compared to the week prior.

The figures come as booster jab invites are being sent out to more than a million people to ‘strengthen the wall of defence’ against coronavirus created by vaccines.

People will receive texts from Monday, while letters will be sent to those who are eligible later in the week, NHS England said.

Britain recorded another 29,612 coronavirus cases today – a 1.5 per cent increase from last Sunday’s 29,173. The death figure stayed exactly the same – 56 for both today and last Sunday (pictured: The England R rate, September 17) 

Some 1.5 million people will be contacted and encouraged to use the national booking service.

NHS England said the vaccination of children aged 12 to 15 will also begin ‘shortly’.

Those eligible for boosters include anyone aged 50 and over, people living and working in care homes for the elderly, and frontline health and social care workers.

There are also booster campaigns in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid said: ‘It is excellent that getting your booster jab has now become even easier thanks to the opening of the National Booking Service to those eligible’

All those who are clinically extremely vulnerable and anyone aged 16 to 65 in an at-risk group for Covid (who were included in priority groups one to nine during the initial vaccine rollout) will also be eligible for a jab.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has said people should receive their booster dose at least six months after they received their second coronavirus jab.

While there is a preference that people should get the Pfizer jab as a third dose, regardless of which jab they were initially given, the JCVI said half doses of the Moderna jab could be used as an alternative.

There are also booster campaigns in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid said: ‘It is excellent that getting your booster jab has now become even easier thanks to the opening of the National Booking Service to those eligible.

‘Booster doses are an important way of keeping the virus under control for the long term and will protect the most vulnerable through the winter months.

‘I urge everyone who receives a letter or text to get their jab as soon as possible so we can strengthen the wall of defence across the country that each vaccine brings.’

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