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UK records 7,540 new cases of Coronavirus


The UK has recorded another 7,540 cases of COVID-19, meaning that 41,889 diagnoses have been reported in the past seven days.

However, only six deaths were added in the past 24 hours - with 66 deaths in the past week.

Meanwhile, another 419,009 vaccines were administered on Tuesday - with 112,941 first doses and 306,068 second jabs given out.

This even as more than one million people booked a COVID-19 vaccine through the NHS website on Tuesday - a record high.

The landmark came on the day that bookings were opened up to those aged 25 to 29 and appear to have put to rest any suggestions that younger people might be reluctant to be vaccinated.

A total of 1,082,596 first and second dose slots were snapped up during the 24-hour period online and by phone - around 45,000 an hour on average and more than 750 every minute.

This compares to 279,678 doses being booked through the national booking service on Monday 7 June.

The younger age group is being texted in stages this week with instructions on how to book their jab and the initial surge on Tuesday morning prompted 100,000 bookings an hour between 7am and midday.

Sir Simon Stevens, NHS chief executive, said the eagerness of 25 to 29 year olds had sent bookings to "blockbuster levels".

He said: "Enthusiasm for the biggest and most successful vaccination program remains strong as bookings for the lifesaving jab reached an all-time high yesterday."

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