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Boris Johnson has received his first jab of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine as the UK rollout reached a record high.

The Prime Minister said he “didn’t feel a thing” as he paid tribute to the “wonderful” nurse who administered the jab at St Thomas’ Hospital.

It followed a warning that the delay of the AstraZeneca vaccine rollout in some European countries could see coronavirus deaths increase by “thousands”.

Peter Openshaw, professor of experimental medicine at Imperial College London, told Times Radio that the decision to pause use of the Oxford jab in some European countries and the “uncertainty” caused by the move will increase the number of Covid-19 deaths by “thousands”.

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Boris Johnson has first jab of AstraZeneca vaccine

Boris Johnson has received his first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.

He said he received the jab from a “wonderful” nurse called Lily.

Emerging from the hospital, he said: “I literally did not feel a thing. It was very good, very quick. I cannot recommend it too highly.”

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Queen hails ‘wonderful work’ of volunteers during pandemic

Queen hails ‘wonderful work’ of volunteers during pandemic

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Sinitta says she feels ‘relieved’ after receiving coronavirus jab

Sinitta has said she feels “relieved” to have been given the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine.

The singer, 52, said she initially inherited some concerns about having the jab from her mother, who has turned down the opportunity of receiving it.

However after making an effort to learn more about the vaccine, she said she is glad she decided to get it.

“I’m really proud of myself and I feel relieved that I have taken this step,” she told the PA news agency.

“We all need to have the vaccine no matter what race, whether we are even illegal immigrants, whether we are registered with the GP or not,” she added.

“Everyone needs to have the vaccine because that’s how we are going to get to move forward again with our lives.”

Sinitta (left) tries to convince her mother Miquel Brown (right) to have the Covid-19 vaccine

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Ireland to resume the AstraZeneca jab for over 18s

Ireland’s National Immunisation Advisory Committee has recommended that the rollout of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine should resume across the country for all those aged 18 and over.

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Trooping for the Colour will not go ahead this year

Buckingham Palace has said Trooping the Colour for the Queen’s official birthday parade will not go ahead this year in its traditional form in central London and options for an alternative parade in the Quadrangle at Windsor Castle are being considered

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Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis says plans in place to hold gig at Worthy Farm in September

The organiser of Glastonbury has said she hopes to stage a concert at the site of the festival in September.

It was announced in January that the festival had been cancelled for a second year in a row because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Emily Eavis said in a post on Instagram that an application has been made to put on a concert at Worthy Farm.

“For those asking for an update on our plans later this year, we have put an application in for a licence for a concert at the farm in September (around the time we’d usually do Pilton Party),” she wrote.

“Of course, we’ve no idea yet whether we’ll able to do that, but we wanted to get the application in to be in with a chance.

“Unlikely we’ll have any news for a couple of months – but will let you know right here when we do.”

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74 people died in NHS hospitals in England with Covid-19

A further 74 people who tested positive for coronavirus have died in hospital in England, bringing the total number of confirmed deaths reported in hospitals to 85,659, NHS England said on Friday.

Patients were aged between 39 and 96 and all except one, aged 78, had known underlying health conditions.

The deaths were between January 5 and March 18, with the majority being on or after March 11.

There were 23 other deaths reported with no positive Covid-19 test result.

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101 further deaths recorded today as R rate increases

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Here’s the latest on coronavirus deaths in England hospitals:

A further 74 people who tested positive for coronavirus have died in hospital in England, bringing the total number of confirmed deaths reported in hospitals to 85,659, NHS England said on Friday.

Patients were aged between 39 and 96 and all except one, aged 78, had known underlying health conditions.

The deaths were between January 5 and March 18, with the majority being on or after March 11.

There were 23 other deaths reported with no positive Covid-19 test result.

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A total of 23,757,540 Covid-19 vaccinations took place in England between December 8 and March 18

The figure includes first and second doses, which is a rise of 556,074 on the previous day.

NHS England said 22,337,590 were the first dose of a vaccine, a rise of 451,465 on the previous day, while 1,419,950 were a second dose, an increase of 104,609.

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