UK records another 16,840 coronavirus cases, 1,449 deaths

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Another 16,840 people in Britain have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 3,852,623, according to official figures released Tuesday.

The country also reported another 1,449 coronavirus-related deaths. The total number of coronavirus-related deaths in Britain now stands at 108,013. These figures only include the deaths of people who died within 28 days of their first positive test.

The latest figures were revealed as Britain is stepping up its effort to speed up coronavirus vaccine rollout to bring the pandemic under control.

"We've now protected almost nine out of every 10 people over 80 and half of people in their 70s, and I'm delighted that we've been able to visit every eligible care home, 10,307 in total." British Health Secretary Matt Hancock told the House of Commons, lower house of parliament, earlier Tuesday.

"We now have over 400 million doses of vaccine on order," he added.

More than 9.6 million people in Britain have received their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine, according to the latest official figures.

Britain aims to deliver a first dose to 15 million of the most vulnerable by mid-February and to offer all adults their first dose by autumn.

England is currently under the third national lockdown since the outbreak of the pandemic in the country. Similar restriction measures are also in place in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

To bring life back to normal, countries such as Britain, China, Germany, Russia and the United States have been racing against time to roll out coronavirus vaccines.

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