Coronavirus LIVE updates: 30 million doses of vaccine “could be received by September”

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Business secretary Alok Sharma has confirmed that the number of coronavirus deaths in the UK has increased by 170 to 34,636, the smallest daily increase since March 24.

At today’s briefing in Downing Street, he announced that the UK would receive 30 million doses of a coronavirus vaccine “by September” – if it worked.

As it happens, 114 other coronavirus patients have died in UK hospitals, bringing the death toll to 28,399.

Another 90 people died in hospitals in England, 12 in Wales, nine in Scotland and three in Northern Ireland.

Meanwhile, as the debate over the return of children to school continues, Michael Gove agreed that children can never be 100% protected.

He said: “We can guarantee that measures are taken to ensure that children and those who work in schools are as safe as possible. “

But he also said, “The only way to make sure you don’t get Covid-19 is to stay at home throughout and have no social contact with anyone. “

Secretary of Education Gavin Williamson has also defended plans to reopen schools in England in the coming months, fearing that the killer virus will spread.

Students and their families will be tested for the coronavirus if they develop symptoms when the schools reopen gradually, said the cabinet member.

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