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Coronavirus: Three further deaths and 457 new cases

There have been three further Coronavirus-related deaths and 457 new cases according to figures released by the health authorities today.

This evening’s figures come as vaccination doses across the country approach the million mark.

There is a two-day lag in the publication of vaccination figures, so the most recent day for which we have detailed figures is Thursday, March 1.

By Thursday a total of 893,375 of doses were administered, which breaks down as 636,963 first doses and 256,412 second doses.

By percentage of population, 13.38% of the country has received one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine and just over 5.38% are considered fully vaccinated.

Meanwhile,the UK is to begin trials to enable the safe return of crowds to mass gatherings including Wembley football cup finals and indoor events such as comedy clubs as it prepares to launch its so-called “vaccine passport”.

People attending a range of sporting events, conferences and clubs will be tested both before and after in the next step towards the easing of restrictions in England.

Ministers said the scheme, which will include the FA Cup final at Wembley, will be used to gather scientific evidence on how venues can reopen without the need for social distancing.

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