London: According to data from the Ministry of Health, the number of deaths from coronavirus in the UK increased by 847 on Friday, a slower growth rate than the previous day, but it is still among the worst in the world.
This increase increased the total number of deaths in British hospitals from COVID-19 to 14,576, second only to the United States, Italy, Spain and France, and second only to the United Kingdom.
When severe statistics were released, British authorities said they had set up a task force to take the lead in making and mass producing coronavirus vaccines.
The government has become increasingly critical of ending the nationwide blockade strategy that began on March 23, which was extended at least three weeks on Thursday.
Commerce Secretary Alok Sharma said at a Downing Street press conference: “The working group has been established and is in operation to ensure the availability of vaccines to the public as soon as possible.”
He said the team, led by chief scientific adviser Patrick Vallance and deputy chief medical officer Jonathan Van-Tam, will coordinate efforts by government officials, academics and industrialists to find vaccines.
Sharma said that 21 new research projects targeting the virus will receive a government investment of £ 14 million (US $ 18 million, € 16 million) to develop treatments and vaccines as soon as possible.
But he warned that the British should have “no illusions” about this “huge career”.
“There is no guarantee, but the government is supporting our scientists and betting big to maximize the chance of success.”
Vallance added that the government adopted a broad approach because “each project is unlikely to succeed.”
Researchers at Oxford University said on Friday that their volunteers can receive the first dose of potential vaccines within the next week.
The UK remains one of the countries most affected by the pandemic, and the latest data show that the number of reported infections has climbed to nearly 109,000.
The Ministry of Health said that during the most recent 24-hour reporting period, 5,599 people tested positive.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson himself was infected with COVID-19. After a week of hospitalization (including three days of intensive care), he has now recovered from Checkers (the country ’s premier country estate).
Foreign Minister Dominic Raab has been acting as a representative in the absence.
Despite the rising number of deaths and new infections, the government insists that its blockade measures are working, and there are signs that the pandemic has peaked in the United Kingdom, and the infection rate in the region is believed to have dropped significantly.
Sharma said: “The worst thing we have now is to relax prematurely.”
The senior ministers of various countries have not indicated when and how to relax the country ’s strict social segregation system, which has closed shops and service agencies and banned gatherings of more than two people.
Many people believe that this is the key to mitigating confinement measures, and the progress of its coronavirus testing is slow.
Health Minister Matt Hancock had promised to increase the number of daily tests to 100,000 by the end of April. He said on Friday that he would give priority to a group of key workers.
These include police, fire, prison staff, important local civil servants, judicial personnel and some other government workers.
But the UK is still far away from the target, with only 21,328 tests conducted in the last 24 hours.