COVID-19: UK reports one coronavirus-related death and 3,383 new cases in latest figures
Written by Hitmix News on 1 June 2021
The UK has reported one coronavirus-related death and 3,383 infections in the past 24 hours.
The single death was confirmed in Scotland – meaning England has recorded zero daily deaths for just the fifth time since the government started collecting the figures in March 2020.
The one UK death is less than the six confirmed yesterday and the three last Monday – while the number of positive cases is up from 3,240 and 2,439 respectively.
The latest death brings the UK’s total to 127,782, according to government figures. The total number of people to have tested positive for coronavirus stands at 4,487,339.
Another 120,243 people have had their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, taking the total to 39,379,411. And Sunday saw 204,282 second jabs administered, meaning 25,537,133 people have had both shots.
Tomorrow’s figures could be boosted by England’s biggest vaccination centre having been offering COVID jabs to anyone over the age of 18 for today only.
Thousands of people had already been vaccinated at the centre at Twickenham Stadium in west London, and medics defied the current guidance that only over-30s should be offered a jab to ensure nothing was wasted.
The local NHS trust tweeted: “Thousands of people vaccinated at @twickenhamstad today. Still spaces and vaccine left: now open to all 18 and over who can get here before 7.30pm.”
The vaccination rollout is continuing at pace ahead of the government’s planned date for lifting the remaining lockdown restrictions on 21 June.
Thousands of people vaccinated at @twickenhamstad today. Still spaces and vaccine left: now open to all 18 and over who can get here before 7.30pm!
— @HealthierNWL (@HealthierNWL) May 31, 2021
However, government adviser Professor Adam Finn, a member of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, has cast doubt on whether the prime minister will be able to proceed with the timetable.
He told Sky News that “things are much more up in the air” than they were earlier this month due to the spread of the Indian variant of coronavirus in the UK.
Professor Finn continued: “In a way, I think, the dates (of the roadmap) all the way through were created just to give everyone some kind of sense of structure.
“But they were always qualified as being based on what actually happened and that they could change. I think there’s a significant chance that it could change.
“We’re better off being cautious at this point and being able to progressively unlock ourselves than to overdo it and then end up having to lockdown fully all over again.”
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‘We’re better off being cautious’
Professor Finn’s warning comes as thousands of people have flocked to beer gardens, beaches and parks for the bank holiday weekend.
People have been able to enjoy more freedoms after some restrictions were lifted earlier this month.