Britain records 24,885 new COVID-19 cases, 18 deaths

FILE PHOTO: A drive-through testing centre following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Bolton, Britain

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain recorded 24,885 new coronavirus infections on Saturday, down from 27,125 a day earlier, and 18 deaths, also lower than the 27 reported on Friday, official data showed.

Daily positive cases have been rising in Britain for a month but a rapid vaccination programme appears to have weakened the link between infections and deaths.

The data also showed that 45.1 million people have had a first dose of a vaccine and 33.4 million have had two.

(Reporting by James Davey, editing by Louise Heavens)

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