COVID-19: UK reports 18 more coronavirus deaths – as vaccination figures for local areas revealed

The UK has reported a further 18 coronavirus-related deaths and 2,729 new cases in the latest 24-hour period, according to government data.

Thursday’s figures compare with Wednesday’s 2,396 new cases and 22 deaths.

117,909 people had their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday, taking the UK’s total to 33,257,651.

And 416,784 had their second jab yesterday, meaning 11,192,601 have now had both shots.

Public Health England has revealed which regions have the highest vaccination rates, with the Midlands coming top for first and second doses with 5.4 million and 1.6 million respectively.

The South West has given out the lowest number of jabs – 3.05m first doses and 1.04 second ones.

England’s regional breakdown is as follows:

  • East of England: 3,325,522 first doses and 1,141,035 second doses, making 4,466,557 in total
  • North East and Yorkshire: 4,415,499 first and 1,528,807 second doses (5,944,306)
  • North West: 3,542,443 first and 1,277,062 second doses (4,819,505)
  • Midlands: 5,400,742 first and 1,684,312 second doses
  • South East: 4,548,743 first and 1,482,062 second doses (6,030,805)
  • London: 3,450,109 first and 1,153,147 second doses
  • South West: 3,050,429 first and 1,048,216 second doses (4,098,645)

Rushmoor in Hampshire and Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire, Worcester, and South Oxfordshire have all vaccinated 100% of the over-50s, the new figures reveal.

While the Isles of Scilly and Hertsmere in Hertfordshire have vaccinated the most under-49s, with 70.4% and 46.3% jabbed respectively.

The lowest vaccination rates among the over-50s are all in London, with boroughs in the capital making up the bottom 19.

London has also vaccinated the least under-49s nationwide, with Canterbury, Kent, the next lowest (23.8%), followed by Nottingham (23.9%).

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