By Rachael Grealish
During his COVID-19 briefing to the country, Boris Johnson has paid tribute to the teams in Cockermouth for vaccinating 90 percent of over 80s in the area.
While speaking from Downing Street today, Friday January 15, the Prime Minister explained around 3.2 million people in the UK have received their COVID vaccine.
These figures include: almost 45 percent of over 80s in the UK have now vaccinated and also almost 40 of care home residents.
When breaking it down to the home nations he made special mention of Cockermouth, Yeatley and Cheltenham.
He said: “I pay particular tribute to vaccinations efforts going on in Cockermouth in Cumbria, Yeatley and Cheltenham where they have vaccinated around 90 percent of over 80s in their communities.”
He also paid tribute to Morecambe bay who have vaccinated over 80 percent of over 80s.
However, even with the positive news of the vaccination process excelling Professor Chris Whitty – who joined the PM along with Sir Patrick Vallance – reminded the country the number of people testing positive for COVID-19 is still ‘extremely high’.
He countered this by saying there is now some levelling off everywhere, including the areas which entered lockdown more recently, but added the number of hospitalisations lags behind infections, so the number of people entering hospital is still rising in much of the country and the number of people in hospital is still rising in all parts of the country.
He continued to say the UK has ‘well exceeded’ the first peak of the pandemic on April 12.
He also predicted the number of hospitalisations will continue to rise into next week.
Professor Whitty said: “I’m afraid in the next week we do anticipate the number of people in the NHS and the number of deaths will continue to rise as the effects of what everyone has done take a while to feed through.”
During the conference Johnson announced travel corridors will close, temporarily, from 4am on Monday to ‘protect us from risk of as-yet unidentified strains’.
This will apply across the whole of the UK and means anyone coming into the country must have proof of a negative test taken within 72 hours before leaving, a filled in passenger locator form and the airline will ask for both before take off.
People may also be checked on landing and face fines for refusing to comply, he added.
This also means upon arrival a person must quarantine for 10 days, not leaving for any reason, and take another test on day five and wait for proof of another negative result.
Enforcement will be upped in-country and at the border too.
This comes after the UK government confirmed a further 1,280 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for COVID-19 as of Friday, bringing the UK total to 87,295.
Separate figures published by the UK’s statistics agencies for deaths where Covid-19 has been mentioned on the death certificate, together with additional data on deaths that have occurred in recent days, show there have now been 102,000 deaths involving COVID-19 in the UK.