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Further 52 deaths within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 recorded in the UK
2 April 2021, 16:46
The government said a further 52 people have died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Friday, compared to 70 fatalities reported last Friday.
This data brings the UK deaths total to 126,816 for those having died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19.
Separate figures published by the ONS show there have been 150,000 deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.
More than 31 million people have been vaccinated up to and including 1 April 2021 with a first dose.
The first does figures are at 31,301,267, and second dose at 4,948,635.
This news comes as it was reported that England's Covid-19 R value could be as high as 1.
Boris Johnson has warned that people should not mix with others indoors over the Easter weekend.
The R value in England has been estimated to be between 0.8 and 1 - meaning that for every 10 people infected with Covid-19 they will go on to infect 8 to 10 others.
Government scientists estimate the growth rate estimate for England is now between -4% and 0, meaning the number of new infections is broadly flat or shrinking by up to 4% every day.
Boris Johnson has also said people cannot meet up with their friends and families indoors, even if they are all vaccinated.
Responding to question from the public in a twitter video, the Prime Minister said: “I’m afraid the answer is no, because we are not yet at that stage, we are still very much in a world where you can only meet outdoors.”
He added: “Even though your friends and family members may be vaccinated, the vaccines are not giving 100% protection and that’s why we just need to be cautious."
Boris Johnson explained: “We do not think that they entirely reduce or remove the risk of transmission."