Covid drops to third biggest killer for first time in 6 MONTHS thanks to jab success
COVID-19 has dropped to the third biggest killer in England for the first time in six months, new data has revealed.
The fall in rates comes as millions of Brits have now received first and second doses of a coronavirus vaccine.
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So far 33.1 million Brits have had a first dose of either the Pfizer/BioNTech, the Oxford/AstraZeneca or the Moderna jabs – with over 10.7 million having had a second.
It was also revealed today that a single dose of a Covid jab slashes hospitalisation risk in elderly Brits by as much as 98 per cent.
Official data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed that Covid was not the leading cause of death in England and Wales in March for the first time since October.
The rollout of jabs and the success of the third national lockdown has meant that Brits are currently allowed to go to the pub outdoors, visit non-essential shops and go to the gym.
In October, a tier system was in place to control infections, which was later replaced with the third national lockdown after the Kent variant spread across the country.
ONS data shows that in March Covid-19 was the third leading cause of death, accounting for 9.2 per cent of all fatalities registered in England and 6.3 per cent in Wales.
The virus was the leading cause of death each month from November to February.
The leading cause of death in March was dementia and Alzheimer's disease in England, accounting for 10.1 per cent of all deaths registered that month.
In Wales, ischaemic heart disease was the leading cause of death in March, accounting for 11.8 per cent of all fatalities.
The figures show that in England, six of the 10 leading causes of death were significantly lower than the five year average.
Conditions such as bowel cancers had similar rates to the averages seen across 2015-2019.
The report stated: "In particular, the mortality rate for deaths with an underlying cause of influenza and pneumonia was 57.1% lower in March 2021 than the five-year average for March."
The data also shows that between August 2020 and January 2021 in England and Wales deaths increased in the over 75s and that in England, they also increased in people under 75.
But the report highlights that rates in England have now significantly decreased in both age groups.
The new data comes a day after the Government said a further 22 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Wednesday, bringing the UK total to 127,327.
This time last week, the daily virus death toll was 38 with 2,491 cases reported on April 14.
Data from the ZOE Symptom Tracker app released today also shows that cases are falling.
On average there are currently 1,165 new symptomatic cases of Covid-19 each day in the UK, compared to 1,601 a week ago.
Study lead, professor Tim Spector said: "Rates are down 28% again this week and hopefully we’ll drop below the milestone of 1,000 cases in the next few days towards our record low last year in August.
"The ONS survey is also now showing downward trends."
He added that the vaccination programme as well as social distancing measures has meant that variants such as the South African strain – that had been detected in London have been contained.
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