UK records another 141,472 new coronavirus cases

(Xinhua) 08:47, January 10, 2022

LONDON, Jan. 9 (Xinhua) -- Britain reported another 141,472 coronavirus cases in the latest 24-hour period, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 14,475,192, according to official figures released Sunday.

The country reported a further 97 coronavirus-related deaths, bringing the total number of coronavirus-related deaths in Britain to 150,154.

The latest data came one day after Britain passed the grim milestone of 150,000 reported COVID deaths as the seventh country in the world following the United States, Brazil, India, Russia, Mexico and Peru.

Meanwhile, professor Kevin Fenton, London's public regional health director said the British capital "may have passed or be at the peak" of its latest wave of infections.

Based on the latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) data, Fenton said the peak may have occurred around the New Year period.

He said the city is seeing reductions in overall case rates, although infection levels remain "very, very high" with one in 10 Londoners infected with COVID.

British scientists have said COVID booster jabs provide 90 percent protection against hospitalization in the over-65s for at least three months.

It means that there is "no immediate need" for a fourth jab to be administered to vulnerable people, the UK Health Security Agency said.

More than 90 percent of people aged 12 and over in Britain have had their first dose of vaccine and more than 82 percent have received both doses, according to the latest figures. More than 61 percent have received booster jabs, or the third dose of a coronavirus vaccine.

To bring life back to normal, countries such as Britain, China, Germany, Russia and the United States have been racing against time to roll out coronavirus vaccines.

(Web editor: Peng yukai, Liang Jun)


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