More than 20.7 million people have had the first dose of a Covid vaccine
Another 315 people have died with Covid in the UK while 6,385 more cases have been recorded.
The numbers are similar to yesterday, when another 343 deaths were announced and 6,391 more people tested positive.
Deaths and cases have been falling in recent weeks as lockdown and the vaccine rollout begins to take effect.
The Department for Health figures also show more than 20.7 million people have now received the first dose of a Covid jab.
It was reported today that the Government is considering mandatory vaccines for health and social care workers who have so far refused the take up offer.
It comes after Rishi Sunak set out a bold three-point plan which he hopes will help the UK recover from the devastating effects of the pandemic.
The Chancellor used his Budget to focus on fixing public finances and building the future after months of restrictions due to coronavirus.
Rishi Sunak today unveiled a three point plan to get the economy through the Covid crisis this year (Picture: REX)
Key points from his speech include an extension of the furlough scheme until the end of September, top-ups to Universal Credit for six months and an increase to the national minimum wage.
Mr Sunak told MPs the damage Covid-19 has done to the UK economy has been ‘acute’, with more than 700,000 jobs lost since March last year and the economy shrinking by 10%. – which is the largest fall in more than 300 years.
He predicted it will take the UK and the whole world a ‘long time’ to bounce back ‘from this extraordinary economic situation’, but in a note of optimism added: ‘We will recover.’
Budget 2021: All the key points from Rishi Sunak’s plan
Chancellor Rishi Sunak has set out a bold three-point plan in his Budget which he hopes will help the UK recover from the devastating effects of the pandemic.
Key points from his speech have included an increase of the furlough scheme to the end of September, top-ups to Universal Credit and the increase to the contactless payment limit.
Mr Sunak told MPs that the damage to the economy done by Covid-19 had been ‘acute’ as he began his statement.
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