Covid cases rise by 23% in a week but deaths remain low after experts warn another lockdown could be on the horizon

UK COVID cases have risen by 23 per cent in a week but deaths are remaining low.

Another 9,284 Brits have tested positive for the coronavirus in the last 24 hours.

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This brings the total number of infections since the pandemic began to 4,630,040.

Six further death has also been reported with the total now at 127,976.

All six of the deaths occurred in England.

This day last week just 7,490 tested positive, which mean cases have almost risen by a quarter in seven days.

According to Professor Adam Finn, who advises the Government on the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, the UK is now in the grips of a third wave.

He told BBC Radio 4's Today Programme: "It's going up, perhaps we can be a little bit optimistic it's not going up any faster, but nevertheless it's going up, so this third wave is definitely underway."

But more than one million Covid-19 jabs were booked in just two days after the NHS opened its vaccination programme to all adults in England on Friday.

A total of 1,008,472 appointments were arranged over Friday and Saturday through the booking service, NHS England said – an average of more than 21,000 every hour, or six every second.

The true figure is likely to be higher as it does not include appointments at local GP-led vaccination services or people getting the jab at walk-in centres.

The NHS has now administered around 62 million doses since Margaret Keenan became the first member of the public to get a jab on December 8.

Four in five adults have now received their first vaccination, according to NHS England figures, with three in five having both.

Huge queues formed outside Tottenham Hotspur's stadium today after vaccinations were opened up to all over-18s.

Slots were made available at the North London stadium on an appointment or walk-in basis in a huge inoculation push.

Queues formed bright and early this morning, snaking right the way round the club's home this afternoon.

Also in the stadium was an event aimed at increasing blood donations to aid the treatment of sickle cell disease, particularly among the Black community.

The officials Spurs Twitter account praised the "incredible turnout".

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