BRITAIN could hit 10million second vaccine doses today in an impressive milestone.
As of yesterday a total of 9,416,968 Brits had received their second jab in the UK, taking all vaccines administered in the UK to 42,110,495.Britain could hit 10million second vaccine doses today in an impressive milestoneCredit: LNP
Britain's speedy roll-out is a stark contrast to the rest of Europe - with many countries not yet having given out 10million first doses.
Spain has seen nine million first jabs administered, while Poland has only delivered six million.
Italy has given out 10.3million while France has administered 12million first doses.
But in the UK almost half the population, 32.7million people, have received their first jab.
Now senior government sources have told The Daily Mail that the ten million milestone will “most probably” be reached today.In the UK almost half the population, 32.7million people, have received their first jab.Credit: AFP
Yesterday UK cases dropped by 60 per cent in a month as 2,206 more people tested positive for the virus and another 35 died.
Compared to March 17, when 5,758 cases were recorded, the number of positive tests recorded daily have dropped by almost two thirds.
There have been a total of 4,385,938 recorded cases of the virus in the UK and 127,225 deaths from Covid since the pandemic began.
The number of cases is 14 per cent lower than last Saturday, when there were 2,584 cases and 40 deaths.
The news as Brits hit boozers on the first weekend after pubs, shops, hairdressers and gyms reopened this week.
Since pubs re-opened on Monday, April 12, some pubs with big outdoor areas have reported trade ten times higher than before Covid.
And last night, Brits danced in the streets as scuffles broke out at some reopened beer gardens.
Millions have flocked to newly-reopened bars after lockdown restrictions were eased in England this week.
But concerns still remain about new strains of the virus which threaten to derail lockdown easings in Britain.
A "concerning" new Indian strain of the virus has been detected in 77 cases in the UK so far, Public Health England revealed.
Experts say the variant has two mutations that could help it escape antibodies.
And cases of the South African variant in the UK have doubled in a month.
There are now 600 known infections, a rise on from 300 last month, according to Public Health England data.
Surge testing has been ramped up throughout England with more cases of the South African variant emerging.
London has seen a rise in cases, with tests deployed in Southwark as well as Wandsworth and Lambeth.
The government said the testing in South London is the "largest surge testing operation to date" aimed at suppressing any possible new cases of the variant.
Ahead of this weekend’s easings, Boris Johnson warned Brits to "behave responsibly".
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