COVID-19: UK records three coronavirus-related deaths and another 2,439 cases

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The UK has recorded another three coronavirus-related deaths and a further 2,439 cases, the latest government figures show.

It comes after five deaths were recorded on Sunday, along with a further 2,235 cases.

Meanwhile, 38,070,038 people have now had a first dose of a coronavirus vaccine - up by 126,357.

And 22,895,556 people have now had two vaccine doses - up by 252,139.

Of the 315 local areas in England, 116 (37%) have seen a rise in case rates in the latest weekly data, 185 (59%) have seen a fall, and 14 are unchanged.

Bolton in Greater Manchester continues to have the highest rate, with 1,296 new cases in the seven days to 20 May - the equivalent of 450.7 cases per 100,000 people. This is up from 282.4 in the seven days to 13 May.

Blackburn with Darwen in Lancashire has the second highest rate, up from 114.2 to 280.6, with 420 new cases.

Bedford has the third highest, up from 122.9 to 187.0, with 324 new cases.

Areas with the highest rates have seen surge vaccination deployed, boosting the number of adults of all ages now getting their first dose.

Earlier, it was revealed the public will likely have to wait longer for details of the government's review of social distancing rules and its proposals for COVID certification due to the growth in cases of the Indian variant.

Downing Street signalled Boris Johnson would wait longer to unveil the plans, despite the prime minister having previously promised to provide details by the end of this month.

Mr Johnson's official spokesman on Monday said the review of social distancing rules would be published "as soon as possible based on the latest data, which will help inform us what measures we can take around certification".

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