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Coronavirus: Weekend vaccination push as cases continue to rise rapidly

Coronavirus: Weekend vaccination push as cases continue to rise rapidly

The UK has reported more than 10,000 new cases of COVID-19 for three consecutive days - with 10,321 cases reported on Saturday.

Cases of the virus have been on the rise in the UK recently, with the new, highly transmissible Delta variant leading to rapid rises in infections. A total of 63,764 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the UK in the last 7 days - up 33% compared to the previous 7-day period.

Meanwhile, 14 new deaths within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test were reported in the UK on Saturday. The number of coronavirus deaths in the UK has remained relatively low recently, though has increased compared to last week.

The further easing of lockdown measures in England, Scotland and Wales has been delayed by the respective governments this week, with the current situation being described by UK Government ministers as a race between the variant and vaccinations. To date, 81% of adults in the UK have had at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 59% have had two doses.

As part of pushes to get more people vaccinated as soon as possible, a number of venues are being used as pop-up vaccine clinics on Saturday - including Charlton Athletic's Valley Stadium, Chelsea Football Club and the London Stadium (the former Olympic Stadium)

All over 18s in England are now eligible to book their coronavirus vaccinations through the NHS.

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