Britain has reported another 18,270 coronavirus cases in the latest 24 hour period, the highest since early February, according to official figures released Saturday.
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The total number of coronavirus cases in the country now stands at 4,717,811.
The country also recorded another 23 coronavirusrelated deaths, bringing the total number of coronavirusrelated deaths in Britain to 128,089. These figures only include the deaths of people who died within 28 days of their first positive test.
More than 44 million people in Britain have received the first jab of COVID19 vaccine and more than 32.2 million people have received two doses, the latest figures also showed.
The latest data were revealed as adults in England are able to get a COVID19 vaccine without an appointment at hundreds of walkin sites across the country this weekend.
The vaccine hubs are open to people having their first dose but can also provide second jabs for the over40s who had their first at least eight weeks ago, or at least 12 weeks ago for the under40s, according to the report.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a fourweek delay to the final step of England's roadmap out of COVID19 restrictions until July 19, amid a surge in cases of the Delta variant first identified in India.
Britain reported 35,204 new cases of the Delta variant in the latest week, a 46 percent increase, Public Health England (PHE) said Friday, adding that the Delta variant now comprises 95 percent of all sequenced cases.
Recent data published by PHE showed the AstraZeneca vaccine is 92 percent effective against hospitalization from the Delta variant after two doses, and the Pfizer vaccine is 96 percent effective against hospitalisation after two doses.
Experts have warned that coronavirus may continue to evolve for years to come, and eventually it is likely current vaccines will fail to protect against transmission, infection, or even against disease caused by newer variants. ■