London Covid: More than 1,000,000 cases recorded in capital

London has had 1,000,791 confirmed infections since February 11 last year, official data shows (Pictures: PA / Rex)

More than 1million Covid cases have been confirmed in the capital since the start of the pandemic, official figures show.

London has had 1,000,791 confirmed infections since February 11 last year, according to government data.

The capital tops a list of regions based on cases by area, revealing the total number of people with at least one positive Covid result, either lab reported or via a lateral flow test.

The North West follows with 948,782 cases, while the South East has had 813,679 cases.

London has had the lowest vaccination uptake of all regions with 67% of the adult population, a total of 5,713,807, getting their first dose.

The second dose has been given to 5,038,932 people over 18 – working out to 59.1%.

The next lowest is the West Midlands, where 79.3% have had their first dose, followed by the North West, where the figure stands at 80.1%.

It comes as ministers urge more people to get the coronavirus vaccine, amid concerns cases will surge after children returned to school this week.

A member of staff uses a needle and a phial of Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine to prepare a dose at a vaccination health centre in Cardiff, South Wales' on December 8, 2020. - Britain on December 8 hailed a turning point in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, as it begins the biggest vaccination programme in the country's history with a new Covid-19 jab. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / various sources / AFP) (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

The vaccination uptake in London is the lowest out of regions in England (Picture: JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

The government has been urged to ‘get on’ with a coronavirus booster programme rather than delay for advice from scientific experts.

But the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has yet to offer a recommendation on boosters.

The committee is waiting for the results of the Cov-Boost study which compares different vaccines to see what immune responses they provide – and whether jabs can be mixed and matched.

Deputy chairman, Professor Anthony Harden, said it is ‘highly likely’ there will be a booster programme – but a final decision has yet to be announced.

‘Very complicated modelling and data analysis’ is being conducted to establish who should get a booster and when, Prof Harden said, adding how experts want to avoid giving it to people too soon, in case another variant emerges.

Former health secretary Jeremy Hunt has urged the government to ‘get on’ with a booster programme (Picture: PA)

However former health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, warned today how just a few days could make a ‘big difference’.

He told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme on Friday: ‘I understand why scientists are taking their time but I think in a pandemic politicians can also read the rooms and see the direction of travel.

‘I think Anthony Harnden, on your programme yesterday gave a very clear hint… that they are likely to recommend boosters.

‘In a pandemic I think even a few days can make a big difference.

‘So I think we should just get on, not wait for that advice, get on with a booster programme.’

Boris Johnson appeared to confirm a rollout will begin this month, with older people prioritised as colder weather edges closer.

The Prime Minister said on Thursday: ‘The priorities now are the older generation going into autumn and winter, and we have always said there would be a booster programme in September – in this month – and we are going ahead with that.’

The latest government figures show that, up to September 1, a total of 48,131,996 people in the UK have received their first dose of the vaccine, equating to 88.6% of the population above 16.

Meanwhile 43,023,372 have been given their second jab, the equivalent of 79.2% of people over 16.  

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