Studies show evidence of reduced immunity to Covid-19

Henrietta Strickland
October 28, 2020

But to bring the worrying figures into perspective, Covid-19 is only responsible for one in 16 total deaths in the United Kingdom every week and flu and pneumonia are killing twice as many people. Simultaneously, another chunk of 9.905 fully recovered patients returned home - taking up the total number of discharged patients from 14,60,755 to 14,70,660 till date - much higher than the 134,137 "active cases" (ill) now in the state.

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Dr Yvonne Doyle, medical director of Public Health England, warned the rising number of deaths was likely to "continue for some time".

The study authors, from the Lowance Center for Human Immunology at Emory University, Georgia, previously investigated immune responses contributing to autoantibody production in autoimmune disorders such as lupus - which is believed to develop when a person's body's immune system mistakenly attacks the body's own tissues - and more recently severe Covid-19 cases.

"We suspect that the way the body reacts to infection with this new coronavirus is similar to that", she said. "We don't yet know whether this will leave these people at risk of reinfection with the virus that causes COVID-19, but it is essential that everyone continues to follow guidance to reduce the risk to themselves and others".

In England a further 207 people who tested positive for coronavirus have died in hospital.

There have now been a total of 45,365 coronavirus deaths, according to government data.

Overall, 85 per cent of the excess deaths in private homes were of those aged 70 years and over (662 excess deaths).

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The deaths were between September 24 and October 26, with the majority being on or after October 20.

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A total of 59,927 deaths have so far been registered in the United Kingdom where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, including suspected cases, according to the latest reports from the UK's statistics agencies.

The Covid-19 death toll in England and Wales is at the highest point for 17 weeks.

The ONS data revealed that, in England and Wales in the most recent week, there were 1,268 deaths attributed to flu or pneumonia, which is nearly double (90 per cent) more than the 670 Covid-19 deaths in the two countries.

People in London had the highest proportion of positive tests across the country, at around twice the national average.

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This is a rise of 53% from the previous week, when 438 deaths involving COVID-19 were registered.

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