NEW UK coronavirus deaths and cases have fallen again today.
Another 166 Covid fatalities were reported on Tuesday, along with 33,869 new infections.
The figures are smaller than they were this time last week, when 34,526 new infections were logged.
Today's rise in deaths is also slightly lower than it was last Tuesday, when 167 new fatalities were recorded.
Yesterday, coronavirus deaths dropped to the lowest number of fatalities in seven weeks (33).
And the day before that, the figure was down by a quarter on the week before.
It comes as…
- Pfizer’s Covid jab is 90% effective for longer than six months, study finds
- Health Secretary Sajid Javid has said that online GP appointments are here to stay
- Girl, 12, ‘cries herself to sleep every night’ after sister, 15, dies from Covid on day she was due to have jab
As of October 4, there were 6,747 Covid patients in hospital.
A total of 4, 45,021,381 Brits had also received two Covid jabs by that date.
It comes as a study confirmed Pfizer's vaccine was 90 per cent effective for more than six months.
The study suggests protection against severe illness is still not wearing off even in some of the first people to get the vaccine earlier this year.
Dr Sara Tartof, from the Kaiser Permanente health insurer in the US, said: “Our study confirms that vaccines remain highly effective in preventing severe disease and hospitalisation.”
The medical firm and Pfizer studied real-world medical records from 3.4million people in California.
They found 6.6 per cent of double-jabbed people who caught coronavirus between December and August – 12,130 out of 184,041 – ended up in hospital.
But the results vindicated the UK’s decision to roll out boosters as defences against infection wore off.
The study, published in The Lancet, found jabs prevented 88 per cent of cases for a month after the second dose but only 47 per cent after six months.
More than 22million people in the UK had the Pfizer jab for their first two doses and all over-50s are now being offered it as a booster.
Professor Penny Ward, a medicine expert at King’s College London, said: “If the objective of vaccination is to prevent illness and continued spread of infection, this suggests a need for boosters six months after the first vaccine course.
“This approach has already been adopted in the UK where the booster campaign is now underway.”
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