Pharmacists transport a cooler containing the Moderna coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at the Glangwili General Hospital in Carmarthen, Wales, Britain April 7, 2021. Jacob King/Pool via REUTERS

Government said on Friday that 545,511 Covid vaccine doses were delivered on April 8, the highest daily total since April 1, while a further 60 people died within 28 days of a positive test for the disease, raising this death toll to 127,040.

The number of people in Britain who have received two vaccine doses rose to 6.541 million and the number who have received at least one dose increased to 31.903 million, more than 60 per cent of the adult population according to government daily figures.

Some 3,150 people were reported to have tested positive for Covid-19 in the daily data published on April 9, taking the number of cases over the past week to 19,804, about a third lower than the week before.

Health officials also said they had revised down some cumulative data after positive cases detected by rapid lateral flow tests later turned out to be negative. In 8,010 cases the lateral flow tests were followed within three days by a gold-standard PCR test and found to be negative.

Cheaper and faster lateral flow tests are increasingly being used to reopen the economy and some scientists have raised questions about the volume of false positives they can produce.

Public Health England has said that anyone receiving a positive test on a lateral flow device should follow it with a PCR test to be absolutely certain.

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