Another 799 people die with Covid as UK records 10,625 new cases

A further 10,625 people have tested positive for coronavirus in the UK, the Department of Health has confirmed.

Today’s figures show another 799 people have died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19, bringing the official death toll to 118,195.

But data from the UK’s statistics agencies including fatalities where the disease is mentioned on death certificate puts the figure above 129,000.

The total number of people in the country to test positive for coronavirus since the pandemic began now stands at 4,058,468.

However 15,576,107 people have now had their first dose of the Covid vaccine, with 546,165 receiving their second shot.

Early data has shown that coronavirus related hospital admissions and deaths have already started to fall in those who have had the jab.

Preliminary figures presented to ministers suggest vaccines are cutting illness by about two thirds, while a separate study indicates the injections are reducing transmission of the virus.

It comes after Boris Johnson said he would outline ‘target dates’ when he sets out his highly anticipated ‘roadmap’ out of lockdown on Monday next week.

Schools are expected to open first on March 8, but the Prime Minister has said he ‘won’t hesitate’ to delay plans if the rate of infection goes back up.

More to follow.

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