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UK reports zero daily COVID-19 deaths for first time since beginning of pandemic

The United Kingdom reported zero daily COVID-19 deaths within 28 days of a positive test for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic.

According to the latest figures, the total number of deaths in the UK has remained at 127,782. However, officials will need time before they will know if anyone has died from the virus. On the weekend and at the beginning of the week, the recording of daily deaths are lower due to authority figures being off and given the bank holiday. With that being said, there is a possibility that there were COVID-19 related deaths that occured on May 31st.

Yet, the decline in the daily death rate could be due to the adopted vaccination programme. Data from the UK government revealed that 39,758,428 individuals have received their first dose of the vaccine, and 26,422,303 individuals are fully vaccinated. While this appears to be good news, Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary, expressed, “we know we haven’t beaten this virus yet,and with cases continuing to rise please remember hands, face, space and let in fresh air when indoors, and of course, make sure when you can you get both jabs.”

This positive news also comes in the midst of a battle as to whether Prime Minister Boris Johnson should delay lifting the remaining lockdown restrictions scheduled for June 21st. Professor Ravindra Gupta from the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group warned that lifting the lockdown restrictions combined with the so-called Indian variant of the virus could provoke a “third wave” of COVID-19.

ARTICLE GABRIELLA ANTOS
MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
PHOTO CREDITS: SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST

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