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Covid deaths plunge by a third as 345 new fatalities are recorded

Barney Davis
·1-min read
 (PA)
(PA)

There were 345 coronavirus-related deaths on Friday as new cases continued to fall.

Over the past week there have been 2,496 deaths within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test giving a total of 122,415.

This shows a decrease of 31.3 per cent compared to the previous week.

Government figures also show that 8,523 people had a confirmed positive test result reported on 26 February 2021.

The UK coronavirus reproduction rate remains unchanged from last week at between 0.6 and 0.9, according to health officials.

It suggests that the country’s Covid-19 outbreak is still shrinking, but at a slower speed than before following a month of weekly decline.

The figures came as the Queen spoke publicly for the first time about getting her Covid-19 jab, saying, “It didn’t hurt at all.”

The 94-year-old monarch told health leaders that she had felt “protected” since getting her first dose in January, and described speed of the national rollout as “remarkable”.

Addressing vaccine hesitancy, she added: “It is obviously difficult for people if they’ve never had a vaccine…but they ought to think about other people rather than themselves.”

The Queen, whose husband Prince Philip is still being treated for a non-Covid infection the King Edward VII hospital, was speaking on Tuesday during a video call with four NHS chiefs in charge of the vaccine rollouts in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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