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COVID-19: UK records 17 coronavirus deaths as quarter of adults have now had both vaccine doses

The UK has recorded another 17 coronavirus-related deaths and 2,685 new cases in the latest 24-hour period – as a quarter of adults have now had two doses of a vaccine.

The data compares to six deaths and 2,064 cases announced on Monday, while 33 deaths and 2,524 cases were reported last Tuesday.

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First doses of a vaccine have now reached 33,843,580 after 90,695 people had a jab on Monday.

Also, 304,688 people had their second dose on Monday, meaning 13,201,811 are now fully vaccinated.

Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi revealed earlier that a quarter of the adult population in the UK have now had both vaccine doses.

The vaccine rollout has already reached over half of the UK’s population with a first dose.

The next phase of the programme – which aims to offer all adults a jab by the end of July – means vaccines are now being offered to those aged 42 and over.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock, 42, says he is now "standing by my phone awaiting my text".

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