Update: Sep 19, 2021 12:21 AM STI
London [UK], Sept. 19 (ANI / Xinhua): Another 30,144 people in Britain have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 7,400,739, according to official figures released on Saturday.
The country has also recorded 164 other deaths linked to the coronavirus. The total number of coronavirus-related deaths in Britain now stands at 135,147. These figures only include deaths of people who have died within 28 days of their first positive test.
The latest data came as the UK government announced that a new antibody treatment for COVID-19 will be rolled out to National Health Service (NHS) patients across the country from next week.
The new COVID treatment, approved last month, uses a pair of lab-made antibodies to attack the virus.
Ronapreve, an antibody cocktail developed by Roche and Regeneron, will initially be used to treat COVID-19 hospital patients who have not developed an adequate antibody response.
It was used as part of the series of investigational drugs given to then-US President Donald Trump last year.
The antibody cocktail has been shown to reduce hospital stays by four days and reduce the risk of death by a fifth.
It will be provided to people without antibodies aged 50 and over, or to those aged 12 to 49 who are immunocompromised, including people with certain types of cancer or autoimmune diseases.
More than 89% of people aged 16 and over in Britain have received their first dose of the COVID vaccine and more than 81% have received both doses, according to the latest figures.
To get life back to normal, countries like Britain, China, Germany, Russia and the United States have fought against time to roll out coronavirus vaccines. (ANI / Xinhua)