COVID-19: UK reports another 548 coronavirus deaths and 8,489 cases - as vaccine count nears 18m
23 February 2021, 15:46 | Updated: 23 February 2021, 17:20
Nearly 18 million people have now had their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine in the UK, while another 548 deaths have been reported.
It compares to 178 deaths reported yesterday and 799 last Tuesday, and takes the total to 121,305.
There have been 8,489 more confirmed COVID cases, compared to 10,641 yesterday and 10,625 last Tuesday.
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The number of people who have received their first coronavirus jab now stands at 17,916,181 - up by 192,341.
And 642,788 have had a second jab - an increase of 18,463.
The daily updates will be even more keenly watched by the government at the population at large over the coming weeks and months, after Prime Minister Boris Johnson laid out his roadmap for easing England's lockdown.
Mr Johnson said he was optimistic that all coronavirus restrictions in England may well be lifted by 21 June, however it is "data not dates" that will ultimately guide his decisions.
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has also announced her own plan.
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