Covid cases pass 11,000 for the first time since February and deaths highest in a MONTH

THE UK’S daily Covid cases have today passed 11,000 for the first time since February.

Meanwhile daily coronavirus deaths have reached their highest figure in a month.

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A whopping 11,007 new cases have been reported today – giving a total of 4,600,623 since the beginning of the pandemic.

It is the highest number of cases reported in a day since February 19 – when 12,027 more people tested positive for the killer bug.

Today's figures also show a further 19 people have lost their lives, bringing the total death toll to 127,945.

This is the highest number reported in a day since 20 people lost their lives on May 11. 

The numbers are soaring despite the UK's huge vaccine push – with four in five adults in the UK now vaccinated.

It comes as all over-18's will get an invite to book in for their Covid vaccines tomorrow, Matt Hancock confirmed today.

The Health Secretary revealed the NHS is set to contact those between 18 and 20 from tomorrow and invite them to book a slot.

Speaking at the NHS Confed Virtual Conference, he said: "I can confirm that as of this afternoon, we have given a first dose of vaccine to four out of every five adults in the United Kingdom.

"And the speed of deployment means that tomorrow we can open vaccination to everyone over the age of 18."

It comes after around one million people aged 21 and 22 were told to book their first coronavirus jab yesterday.

Hundreds of thousands of text messages have been sent out inviting them to schedule appointments for both doses via the national booking system.

On Tuesday the head of the NHS in England said all adults in England should be able to book their first Covid-19 jab by the end of the week.

Sir Simon Stevens told the NHS Confederation conference on Tuesday the NHS will "finish the job" of the vaccination programme to the "greatest extent possible" over the next four weeks.

Yesterday Dr Emily Lawson, lead for the NHS Covid vaccination programme, said: "The largest ever NHS vaccination campaign is in the home stretch of the first dose rollout.

"The vaccine is the most important step you can take to protect yourself, your friends and family so it's really important everybody in the latest eligible groups books themselves in to get their jab and plays their part in this huge national effort."

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