Digital Desk, London. According to official figures released on Saturday, 41,278 people in Britain have tested positive for COVID-19, taking the total number of infected cases in the country to 9,019,962. 166 coronavirus-related deaths reported in the UK. The total number of deaths due to coronavirus in the UK now stands at 140,558. These figures include only those who died within 28 days of their first positive test, reports Xinhua news agency.
There are currently 8,983 patients of Kovid-19 in the hospital. The latest data comes as coronavirus infections in England rose to their highest level since the start of the year, according to the Office for National Statistics. The ONS reported that about one in 50 people had the virus in the week ending October 22, the highest level since January 2. The pandemic appears to be increasing in England, as the coronavirus reproduction number, also known as the R number in England, is projected to rise between 1.1 and 1.3.
The R number indicates that each COVID-positive person represents the average number of people infected. The latest data shows that in the UK over 86 per cent of people aged 12 and over have received their first dose of vaccine and more than 79 per cent have received both doses. Meanwhile, more than 13 percent have received booster jabs or a third dose of the coronavirus vaccine. In order to bring life back to normalcy, countries like Britain, China, Germany, Russia and the United States are pushing for vaccines for the coronavirus over time.