Another 144 UK COVID-releated deaths and 6,035 new cases reported
Written by Hit Music Radio News on 28/02/2021
Another 144 people have died after testing positive for coronavirus and a further 6,035 new cases have been reported.
This compares to the 290 coronavirus deaths and 7,434 new infections recorded on Saturday.
The latest figures come as Health Secretary Matt Hancock confirmed 20 million people have now received their first dose of a vaccine.
The latest figures show 20,089,551 people have had a first dose while 796,132 people have had both.
The total number of people who have died within 28 days of testing positive for coronavirus in the UK now stands at 122,849.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Sunday’s vaccine milestone was a “huge national achievement” and praised the NHS staff, volunteers and armed forces for their work in the roll-out.
He tweeted: “20 million people across the UK have now got the jab – a huge national achievement and a testament to the tireless work of NHS staff, volunteers, the Armed Forces & many more.
“I urge everyone to get the jab when called. Every jab makes a difference in our battle against COVID.”
Health Secretary Matt Hancock had earlier said reaching the milestone was a “magnificent achievement for the country”.
He also urged everyone eligible for the vaccine to come forward and said: “Every jab in the arm is another life soon to be protected from this awful disease and means we are a step closer to returning to our normal lives.”
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