COVID-19: More people now vaccinated in the UK than have tested positive for virus

A further 1,295 coronavirus-related deaths are announced, bringing the UK’s total to more than 88,000.

More than 3.5 million people in the UK have vaccinated against coronavirus in the UK – more than the number of people who have tested positive for the virus, latest government figures show.

A total of 3,559,179 people have received their first dose as of Friday, with 447,261 people having also receiving their second dose.

The vaccination data comes as a further 1,295 coronavirus-related deaths and 41,346 new cases were announced on Saturday.

It brings the number of deaths within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test to 88,590, while more than 3.3 million cases have been recorded.

The latest daily death figure is the UK’s third-highest of the pandemic, although the figures are based on the dates when deaths were reported and not when they occurred.