For the first time since July of last year, the United Kingdom has reported no deaths from Covid-19.
Official records reveal that no additional fatalities occurred within 28 days following a positive Covid-19 test on Tuesday, and 3,165 new cases of the virus were reported. It means the official total number of fatalities in the UK remains at 127,782, the lowest daily total since July 30, 2020.
However, it will take some time for statisticians to know for sure whether someone died on Tuesday as a result of Covid. Deaths declared on a given day typically happened earlier in the day, and the overall toll by death date is tallied afterwards.
Weekends at the beginning of the week, when statisticians are off, reports of daily fatalities are generally lower, and given the bank holiday, there may be more fatalities published later in the week that really happened on Tuesday.
Following that, 10 individuals died within 28 days of a positive Covid death on July 30, and there hasn’t been a day since March 11, 2020, when no fatalities were documented by date of death.
Separate numbers released by the Office for National Statistics reveal that Covid-19 was indicated on the death certificate of 153,000 people in the UK.
A total of 3,165 lab-confirmed cases have been reported in the UK as of 9 a.m. on Tuesday, according to the authorities.
Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s first minister, halted plans to lift Covid restrictions in much of the country, saying the country was still at a “sensitive and vulnerable moment” in the virus’s fight. She revealed that limits in Glasgow, which had been the harshest in Scotland, will be loosened, with the city moving to a new location she characterized as a “mixed bag.”
Even though the zero-deaths milestone is welcome, it comes after days of warnings from scientists that the UK appears to be in the early stages of a new wave of coronavirus infections fuelled by the Delta variant, first identified in India, with scientists and senior government advisers urging caution ahead of a June 21 deadline to lift all remaining coronavirus lockdown restrictions.
Prof Sir Mark Walport, the government’s former chief scientific advisor, stated earlier on Tuesday that the UK might be in the early stages of a third wave. “I hope not, but it isn’t impossible,” he said on BBC Breakfast.
While the B.1.1.7 Alpha form, or “UK variation,” was fading, the Delta variation, B.1.617.2, was taking its place, according to Walport.
Scientists have issued a warning for the third day in a row. Prof Ravi Gupta, a member of the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (Nervtag), stated on Monday that there has been “exponential growth” in new cases, with the variation initially found in India accounting for three-quarters of all cases.