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- Study shows vaccines carry much lower risk of blood clots than COVID-19.
- UK records its lowest deaths and cases figures since September.
- A study by researchers at Oxford University in England suggests the risks of experiencing dangerous, rare blood clots in the brain are far higher in those who catch the coronavirus than in those who get either the AstraZeneca vaccine, or the vaccines made by Pfizer and Moderna in the U.S.
- In the UK, COVID-19 activity decreased in week 14 of 2021. Case rates have fallen across all age groups. UK also recorded its lowest deaths and cases figures since September.
- People over 65 now make up less than half of daily hospital admissions, down from two thirds at the peak of the second wave, as the elderly increasingly feel the benefit of immunisation.
- Scotland accelerates the easing of restrictions: Six people from six households can meet outdoors from Friday 16 April. Travel within Scotland for outdoor socializing, recreation and exercise will be allowed from Friday 16 April.
- The US are administering about 3.35 million doses per day on average. about 125.8 million people have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, including about 78.5 million people who have been fully vaccinated by Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine or the two-dose series made by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna.
- Reservations for a self-paid coronavirus vaccination are now available in Taiwan from today (April 19), and those eligible for shots can receive their first jab beginning this Wednesday (April 21). Taiwanese students travelling to study overseas are now eligible for vaccination.