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COVID-19: UK reports another seven deaths as nearly 15 million have now had both vaccine jabs

The UK has reported another seven coronavirus-related deaths and nearly 15 million people have had both vaccine doses, according to government data.

That compares to 15 fatalities and 2,381 new infections on Friday, and 32 deaths and 2,061 cases last Saturday.

Another 130,186 people had their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine on Friday, taking the total to 34,346,273.

And more than 400,000 people had their second jab, meaning 14,940,984 are now fully vaccinated.

In another development, the Department for Transport has released a statement after it missed a deadline to release more details on where countries would be placed on the upcoming traffic light system.

The Transport Select Committee had said the government should publish a list of countries by 1 May at the latest.

In a statement, a DfT spokesperson said: “The Government has not missed a deadline – we have always said we will confirm by early May if international travel can resume on 17 May and which countries will fall into which list.

“This will determine the requirements for travel for passengers.

“The taskforce is working toward restarting international travel in a safe and sustainable way, to allow families and friends to reunite, and businesses to start thriving again, while ensuring we protect public health.”

And following a COVID-19 safety pilot event at a nightclub in Liverpool, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has said other planned trials will go ahead.

He said “valuable research” will be gathered “as we leave no stone left unturned to help us get back to the things we love this summer”.

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