The UK has reported 5,765 more coronavirus cases – a significant increase from the total on the same day last week, but down from yesterday’s two-month high.
Saturday’s figure compares to 6 238 Friday – highest since March 25 – and 3,398 last Saturday.
13 other deaths were also recorded within 28 days of a positive COVID test.
Meanwhile, the vaccination program has taken two more steps: more than 40 million people have now been bitten and more than 27 million have received both vaccines.
As of Friday, 174,535 first doses were given, bringing the total to 40,124,229, and 360,691 additional second injections were given, bringing the total to 27,160,635.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted his thanks to “everyone who helped bring us here”.
In a video, the prime minister said it was “extraordinary” to attend the immunization program, adding that it had made “a huge difference for our country”.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said 40 million first doses were “fantastic news”, adding, “When you get the call, get the jab.”
It comes as the government is “Establish other options” before making the decision to completely lift COVID-19[female[feminine restrictions on June 21.
There has been anger at reports suggesting social distancing could stay in reception areas after what has been billed for months as “freedom day”.
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This notice was published: 2021-06-05 14:43:00