UK Covid daily deaths lowest in two months as 28 fatalities recorded and 40,224 cases
11th October 2021

CORONAVIRUS deaths in the UK has hit the lowest numbers in two months with just 28 fatalities recorded. 

There have also been 40,224 new cases in the past 24 hours – up from 34, 574 the day before. 

However deaths are at the lowest point since August 16, with 38 deaths recorded yesterday and 61 deaths recorded this time last month. 

While deaths are on the decline, new infection cases have started creeping up again slowly – with almost 6,000 more infections in the last day. 

It brings the total number of people who have died from the killer virus to 137,763.

In total since the start of the pandemic there have been 8,193,769 infections in the UK.

Almost 100 million people in the UK have now received both of their vaccinations, with 49,186,920 being given their first jab. 

Those who have been given their second jab has reached 45,189,181, bringing the total number to 94,376,101.

The figures come as Brits are being warned that if they are suffering from what has been dubbed “the worst cold ever” they might actually have Covid. 

Experts have warned the symptoms of Delta in those fully protected against the virus can be easily confused with a cold.

The only way to be sure is to have a Covid test, otherwise you risk passing on the killer bug.

More and more people are being struck down with the nasty illness, and taking days to recover.

This cold feels so bad in part because we have lost the immunity we had built up each year against the standard winter bugs – after social distancing and not mingling in the pandemic.

But Professor Tim Spector, lead scientist on the ZOE Covid Symptom Study App, warned it may also feel so horrible because it is Covid.

Research from the app shows the top five virus symptoms for people who have had both jabs are a headache, a runny nose, sneezing, sore throat and loss of smell.

'IGNORANT OF SYMPTOMS'

He warned: "The UK still has more cases than most of Europe and I believe this is for two main reasons; the first is a lack of masks and social distancing and the second is because we’re ignorant of the symptoms.”

It is also not safe to assume you don't have Covid just because you are double jabbed.

Research has shown that as time goes on following your jabs, protection against catching the virus falls significantly.

Prof Spector added: "It’s easier to work at home, just spend a couple of days if you are feeling under the weather without spreading it around and get a test.

"If you do have a cold just think, it could be Covid, keep your distance before whether you know it is or not."

A recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine found effectiveness against symptomatic disease dropped from 90 per cent to 65 per cent in the US against Delta.


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