The Somerset Guardian, 2nd June 2021

On Tuesday 1st June, the Government announced no daily Covid deaths in the United Kingdom within twenty-eight days of a positive test. This is the first time that there have been zero reported fatalities related to the virus since March last year.

In contrast, there are concerns about the marginal rise in cases that are linked to the variation of the disease, having originated in India, now known as the Delta version. It is worth noting that many of those who have contracted this new variant either have had only one inoculation or none whatsoever, indicating that the double dose of the vaccination is working to protect people and that, seemingly, those currently most gravely affected have not taken up the offer of a jab.

Even in spite of the slight setback with transmission figures, I am delighted by the news of zero fatalities being recorded and agree wholeheartedly with the Health Secretary who said that the nation would be "so glad" to hear the positive news and that: "The vaccines are clearly working - protecting you, those around you and your loved ones… But despite this undoubtedly good news we know we haven't beaten this virus yet, and with cases continuing to rise please remember hands, face, space and let in fresh air when indoors, and of course, make sure when you can you get both jabs."

It seems as though we are facing the final hurdle and whilst it is entirely possible that we will never beat this virus we have never been in a better position to start managing it and returning to a semblance of normality. However, this still relies on us working together. Now is the time to continue following the rules assiduously. Now is the time to get immunised.

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