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COVID-19: 290 more UK deaths reported as 19.6m people have first vaccine

Written by on 27 February 2021

The UK has reported another 290 coronavirus deaths and 7,434 new cases, while 19.6 million people have now had their first vaccine dose.

This compares to the 345 deaths and 8,523 cases recorded on Friday.

Another 504,493 had their first dose of the COVID-19 yesterday, bringing the total to 19,682,048.

The total number of people who have died within 28 days of testing positive for coronavrus in the UK now stands at 122,705.

The UK government has set the target of offering a first coronavirus vaccine to all adults in the UK by the end of the July.

Yesterday at the Downing Street press conference, Health Secretary Matt Hancock defended the decision to base the rollout on age, and not prioritising certain professions like teachers and police officers.

A guide on when you will be offered a vaccine can be found here.

And Deputy Chief Medical Officer Jonathan Van-Tam warned the UK public to not “wreck this now” as infections rates rise in certain parts of the UK.

It comes ahead of Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s budget this week, which will set out the government looks to deal with the economic shock of the pandemic.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak outside 11 Downing Street, London, before heading to the House of Commons to deliver his Budget.  Image: Chancellor Rishi Sunak will deliver his budget on Wednesday

The budget will be announced on Wednesday, and you will be able to follow along live with Sky News.