COVID-19: UK records another 406 coronavirus-related deaths and 18,607 cases

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The UK has recorded a further 406 coronavirus-related deaths and another 18,607 confirmed cases.

On Sunday, 587 deaths within 28 days of a positive test and 21,088 cases were recorded.

The latest government figures come following the 22,195 new positive tests recorded last Monday - which (at the time) was the lowest daily rise in cases so far this year.

A further 592 deaths within 28 days of a positive COVID-19 test result were also reported a week ago.

A total of 9,296,367 first vaccination doses and 494,209 second doses have now been given in the UK, the figures show.

As the pandemic continues, residents in parts of Surrey will be offered tests after two people with no travel links to South Africa were found to have contracted the variant discovered in the country.

Households in the Goldsworth Park and St Johns areas of Woking will have a COVID-19 PCR test posted through their letterbox and be asked to take it - regardless of whether they have symptoms or not - from today.

The scheme is expected to be extended to Egham within the next few days.

In another development, the UK has ordered 40 million more doses of Valneva's coronavirus vaccine candidate for 2022, bringing its total order to 100 million.

The French drugmaker said on Monday that Britain could still order a further 90 million doses between 2023 and 2025.