The UK has recorded an additional 7,490 COVID-19 cases and eight deaths in the last 24-hour benchmark.
It is down slightly from the 7,738 coronavirus cases and 12 deaths within 28 days of a positive test reported on Saturday, but this is the fifth day in a row that the number of new infections has surpassed 7,000.
Regarding vaccinations, 254,185 first additional doses were administered on Saturday, as well as 320,326 second injections.
The total number of people who received at least one dose of the vaccine now stands at 41,551,201 – 78.9% of adults, while 29,792,658 people have received two injections, or 56.6% of UK adults.
This is the last set of data Boris Johnson will get before the decision on Monday to go ahead with the final leg of the roadmap, or delay.
Mr Johnson is generally expected to will announce a delay to the complete lifting of the lockdown restrictions, which was originally scheduled for June 21.
This is due to concerns about the rapidly spreading Delta variant, first discovered in India, which is proving to be more transmissible and more resistant to vaccines – especially in those who have not yet been fully vaccinated.
A delay of up to a month will mean millions more can receive their second dose.
Dr Raghib Ali, government adviser on COVID-19, told Trevor Phillips on Sunday that a delay in lifting the lockdown is “inevitable”, and he “expects” the Prime Minister to say he was necessary “to make sure we don’t. return to a situation where the NHS is unable to provide care to all of its patients.
He added: “Hospitals are extremely busy right now, emergency departments last month were the busiest in years due to the huge backlog of patients who did not come in previous waves.
“Even a relatively small increase in hospital admissions due to COVID will have a …
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This notice was published: 2021-06-13 12:08:00