Coronavirus cases go UP for the first time in more than two weeks: 74,799 catch virus – 5 per cent higher than a week ago – but deaths go down by 13 to 75
- Department of Health bosses reported a total of 74,799 new coronavirus cases
- This marks the first time the number of Covid cases has gone up since January 4
- The official figures also showed there have been a further 75 new Covid deaths
Britain’s Covid cases have risen with a total of 74,799 new cases reported today.
Department of Health bosses reported a further cases 74,799 cases today, an increase of 3,875 on the total number of cases reported last Sunday.
Meanwhile, official figures show there was a total of 75 deaths reported today which marked a decline of 14 per cent on last week when there were 88 Covid deaths reported.
It marks the first time the number of Covid cases has gone up for the first time since January 4 when officials reported a 57 per cent increase following the festive season.
The latest vaccination figures show that 19,430 first doses were administered yesterday while 42,473 doses were also doled out.
Meanwhile, the NHS also delivered a total of 68,795 boosters, according to the latest figures.
Prior to today, official figures reported a drop in the week-on-week cases for 17 days in a rowbut the downward curve has slowed in the past three days, dropping by just four per cent yesterday.
It comes as Dominic Raab stood by a compulsory jabs deadline for NHS staff which could see up to 80,000 unvaccinated workers lose their jobs after it comes into force in February as Boris Johnson mulls a a six-month delay.
Boris Johnson is said to be considering kicking the Covid vaccine deadline ‘down the road’ following nationwide protests over the requirement and demands by Tory backbenchers to drop the rule entirely.
However, the Deputy Prime Minister said the jab is needed to ‘protect the most vulnerable in our hospitals’ and avoid ‘putting patients at risk’.
Around 80,000 staff face the sack if they do not get vaccinated, with February 3 marking the last day they can book in for a jab.
The following day, those without jabs will face dismissal warnings and will be asked to work out their notice periods until March 31.
Mr Raab told the BBC: ‘The overwhelming majority have come forward.
‘I do think we continue to call for those who have not been vaccinated to come forward before the deadline.
‘But I think ultimately we have to make sure that we don’t have people putting patients at risk if they’re not vaccinated.’
He added that nine out of 10 NHS staff have come forward to receive their vaccine.
Mr Raab added: ‘We have the resilience because we’ve got nearly 5,000 more doctors, nearly 11,000 more nurses than we did in 2020. The resilience of the NHS is there.’