Number of people to have had first COVID vaccine dose nears 25 million

The number of people to have had the first dose of a COVID vaccine is nearing 25 million as the UK reported another 64 deaths on Monday.

A total of 125,580 people have now died within 28 days of a positive COVID test. Where the virus has been mentioned on the death certificate, that figure is now 152,721.

Some 5,089 new cases of the virus were reported on Monday, compared with the 4,618 cases and 52 deaths announced on Sunday.

Another 257,010 people have been given their first dose of the vaccine in the last 24 hours, while a total of 1,610,280 people have also had their second dose – an increase of 25,371 from Sunday.

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It comes after surge testing has been extended to two more areas of London after cases of the South Africa COVID variant was discovered.

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said additional testing and genomic sequencing is being used in Southwark – within the SE5 postcode area – and in parts of Harrow with the HA2 and HA3 postcodes.

Enhanced contract tracing will be used for people who test positive with the variant, the DHSC has said.

The head of the Oxford University vaccine group has moved to reassure people that the AstraZeneca vaccine does not cause blood clots after a number of countries suspended use of the jab.

Professor Andrew Pollard, whose team developed the vaccine with AstraZeneca, said it was right that regulators investigates reports of blood clots, but added that “very reassuring” data from millions of poeple showed there is no link.

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