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COVID-19: UK reports another 10,321 coronavirus cases and 14 deaths

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The UK has reported 10,321 new coronavirus cases and 14 more deaths, according to official daily figures.

Cases have now been above 10,000 for three consecutive days.

Today's figures compare with 10,476 infections and 11 deaths yesterday, and 7,738 cases and 12 deaths last Saturday.

Another 218,636 people also had a first dose of a coronavirus vaccine and 188,858 had a second dose.

It means 42,679,268 (81% of adults) have had a first jab, while 31,087,325 (59%) are fully vaccinated.

Total UK deaths since the start of the pandemic - within 28 days of a positive test - stand at 127,970.

Latest average daily deaths are 10.6 and have remained flat over the past few months - much lower than the winter peak in mid-January when the figure was more than 1,200.

Meanwhile, there are 1,316 people in hospital with COVID-19, according to latest figures from 17 June.

Hospitalisations have increased as the more transmissible Delta variant has established dominance in the UK.

At the start of June the figure was 928, but health officials say patients are now much younger than previous waves and that most are unvaccinated.

It comes as ministers are considering allowing fully vaccinated people to avoid self-isolation and instead take daily tests.

Experts say the government may allow them to avoid the 10 days' isolation even if they've had contact with an infected person.

With all over-18s now able to book a vaccine, large "pop-up" clinics have opened in London at Chelsea Football Club, West Ham United's ground - the former Olympic Stadium - as well as at Tottenham and Charlton's stadiums.

Chelsea said it had 6,000 Pfizer vaccines to administer on Saturday.

Nadhim Zahawi, the vaccines minister, tweeted: "This is an incredible effort by the whole London team.

"Happening across the City at Spurs, Arsenal, Charlton and West Ham too. Come on London let's get vaccinated!"

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