COVID-19: UK records 63 more deaths, total expected to receive first dose of vaccine near 29 million | UK News

 COVID-19: UK records 63 more deaths, total expected to receive first dose of vaccine near 29 million |  UK News

Another 63 COVID-related deaths have been recorded in the UK in the past 24 hours, according to the latest figures.

This compares with the 98 registered Wednesday.

A total of 126,445 people have now died in the UK within 28 days of testing positive for the virus.

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As of Thursday, 6,397 new infections were also reported, bringing the UK’s overall total to 4,319,305.

An additional 337,665 people received a dose of coronavirus vaccine, which means that 28,991,188 people have now received a vaccine.

This includes 2,775,481 people who received their two doses, thus completing their vaccination.

The latest figures were released as MPs voted in parliament to extend emergency coronavirus laws by six months.

Despite opposition from some conservative backbenchers, the Coronavirus Act 2020 was passed by 484 votes to 76, a majority of 408.

MPs also approved the regulations underpinning measures to ease restrictions from March 29, as outlined in Boris Johnson’s roadmap to get out of lockdown.

Speaking in the House of Commons, Health Secretary Matt Hancock stressed the “crucial” role that the coronavirus law has played in response to the pandemic.

He noted how he has served as a ‘lifeline for so many people’ in helping the NHS and keeping public services open, while also enabling the offer of financial aid.

Removing the temporary provisions from the law now, he said, “would result in the loss, for example, of measures protecting commercial tenants and tenants from eviction.”

To be discussed elsewhere in the UK was that of vaccine certificates, for which Boris Johnson said “there will be a role” to play in the future.

The Prime Minister was speaking during a visit to a nursery in west London when he assured “that no decision had been taken at all” before the results of a government review were made public early next month.

However, Mr Johnson said such certification could only be implemented after every adult was offered a vaccine in July.

“You have to be careful how you do this,” he says.

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