How many coronavirus cases have there been in your area? Use our tool to find out

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How are cases spreading in the UK?

Covid-19 is known to have been contracted by 2,488,780 in the UK and 73,512 people have died with the virus. 

Scientists will be keeping a close eye on the spread of the virus, in particular among those aged 60 or over, and the Government will assess which tiers to move regions into every 14 days, depending on the case rate.

Now the UK has become the first western country to begin administering the coronavirus vaccine, hopes have been renewed that mass vaccination could help slow the infection rate, particularly among the vulnerable older generation.

Following approval by British regulators, a mass rollout of Covid-19 vaccinations began on Dec 8, with a 90-year-old grandmother from Coventry becoming the first person to receive the Pfizer jab.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) granted an emergency use license to the Pfizer Biotech vaccine, and one million jabs were delivered to the NHS on Thursday, Dec 3.

The UK has secured 40 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine overall, which has over 90 per cent efficacy at preventing Covid-19.

On Dec 14, in his address to Commons, the Health Secretary also announced a new variant of coronavirus had been identified in England that has caused a rapid increase in cases in London and the South East of England

However, Mr Hancock has said it is “highly unlikely” that the new variant will cause a more serious disease or compromise the vaccine. 

The Oxford vaccine has been approved by the MHRA on Dec 30 and the vaccine rollout is expected to begin on Jan 4.

The Government is aiming for two million people to receive their first dose of either the Oxford vaccine or the Pfizer jab within a fortnight as part of a major ramping up of the inoculation programme.

The Telegraph can also disclose that mass vaccination centres at sports stadiums and conference venues are primed to launch in the second week of January.

An army of more than 10,000 medics and volunteers has been recruited by the NHS to help deliver the Oxford Covid-19 vaccine, once it is given approval.

In a statement, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “This is a moment to celebrate British innovation – not only are we responsible for discovering the first treatment to reduce mortality for Covid-19, this vaccine will be made available to some of the poorest regions of the world at a low cost, helping protect countless people from this awful disease.

“It is a tribute to the incredible UK scientists at Oxford University and AstraZeneca whose breakthrough will help to save lives around the world. I want to thank every single person who has been part of this British success story. While it is a time to be hopeful, it is so vital everyone continues to play their part to drive down infections.”

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