Another 847 people who tested positive for COVID-19 have died in hospitals in Britain as of Thursday afternoon, bringing the total number of coronavirus-related deaths to 14,576, the Department of Health and Social Care said Friday, Trend reports citing Xinhua.
As of Friday morning, 108,692 people have tested positive for the virus, marking a daily increase of 5,599, said the department.
During Friday’s Downing Street press briefing, the government’s Chief Scientific Adviser Patrick Vallance noted that the number of new cases reported in hospitals has become flat over the last few days, and “we would expect this to start decreasing in terms of total number of cases”.
Meanwhile, in a bid to accelerate vaccine research, the government launched a taskforce, which will be led by Vallance and Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England Jonathan Van-Tam.
The aim of the move is to “make sure a vaccine is made available to the public as quickly as possible”, said Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Alok Sharma, who unveiled the taskforce during the press conference.
The taskforce comprises representatives from government, industry, academia and regulators, according to Sharma.