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COVID-19: UK coronavirus cases increase by 3,542 in latest 24-hour period, with 10 more deaths

Written by on 27 May 2021

The number of people with coronavirus in the UK has gone up by 3,542 in the latest 24-hour period, and another 10 people have died with COVID-19, government figures show.

Yesterday, a total of 3,180 cases were reported, with another nine coronavirus-related deaths.

Today’s daily infections figure is the highest since 12 April when 3,568 cases were reported.

It comes as 236,119 people had a first dose of a COVID vaccine on Wednesday, taking the total to 38,614,683.

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And 427,458 had their second jab on Wednesday, meaning 24,043,956 people are now fully vaccinated in the UK.

Since the pandemic began, a total of 127,758 people have died within 28 days of testing positive for COVID-19, according to government figures.

There have now been 153,000 deaths registered in the UK where COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, data published by the Office for National Statistics show.

Boris Johnson has avoided answering questions on Dominic Cummings’s explosive allegations – but suggested some claims were not based on reality.

Mr Johnson sidestepped questions about the claims – including that he is not fit to be PM – during a visit to a hospital on Thursday by saying he was “getting on with the job of delivering the roadmap”.

He did not say whether he has confidence in Health Secretary Matt Hancock, who took much of Mr Cummings’s flak, but said: “I think some of the commentary I’ve heard doesn’t bear any relation to reality.”

Michael Gove has said there was not an “ironclad” link between the 21 June date earmarked for the next stage of the roadmap out of lockdown and the possible introduction of COVID status certification.

The Cabinet Office minister told MPs: “People have quite rightly linked COVID status certification to stage four. There’s no absolute necessary ironclad inviolable link between the two.

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“But, naturally, as we contemplate reopening at stage four, people will understandably want to know what our approach towards certification will be and how that will operate.”

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