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COVID-19: UK records another 610 coronavirus-related deaths and 30,004 cases

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The UK has recorded a further 610 COVID-related deaths in the latest reporting period, along with another 30,004 cases.

Sunday’s data also reveals that 6,353,321 have had at least their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine – a rise of almost half a million on yesterday’s figure.

Over two days, almost a million people received a first dose.

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It comes after the UK reported 1,348 coronavirus deaths and an additional 33,552 infections on Saturday.

The R number, which estimates the growth rate of the pandemic, currently sits at between 0.8 and 1 – suggesting the virus may be on the decline as lockdown begins to take effect.

Speaking to Sky News earlier, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said “early evidence” showed tough restrictions around the UK were starting to bring the number of new infections down, but warned the NHS remained under “enormous” pressure.

He also revealed he was “really” worried about new COVID-19 variants not yet discovered and admitted the government is not sure whether schools in England will reopen fully by Easter.

Mr Hancock added that current rules are helping to “bring cases down”, but that the country is a “long, long, long way from them being low enough” to ease the lockdown.

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