The number of coronavirus cases recorded in the UK has shot up by close to a quarter in just a week.

Today 9,284 new infections were reported, according to government data, a rise of 24% per cent on last Sunday's 7,490 new cases.

While coronavirus case numbers continue to rise rapidly, daily deaths have yet to increase to any significant degree during the third wave.

Today a further six people died, two less than last Sunday.

On Saturday 14 people lost their lives to Covid in the UK compared to 12 the Saturday before and 13 the week before that.

Newly released data shows that hospitalisations are rising at a third of the rate that they were during the beginning of the second wave in September.

This is in no small part due to the country's vaccination programme.

Huge numbers of people have signed up to get the jab this weekend
Huge numbers of people have signed up to get the jab this weekend

More than one million Covid-19 jabs were booked in just two days after the NHS opened its vaccination programme to all adults in England on Friday.

A total of 1,008,472 appointments were arranged over Friday and Saturday through the booking service, NHS England said - an average of more than 21,000 every hour, or six every second.

The true figure is likely to be higher as it does not include appointments at local GP-led vaccination services or people getting the jab at walk-in centres.

The NHS has now administered around 62 million doses since Margaret Keenan became the first member of the public to get a jab on December 8.

Four in five adults have now received their first vaccination, according to NHS England figures, with three in five having both.

Sir Simon Stevens, NHS chief executive, said: "The NHS Covid-19 vaccination programme is gathering momentum as the finishing line comes into sight.

"It is fantastic to see so many young people coming forward to do their bit in the battle against the virus, protecting themselves, their friends and their family - over 3.5 million people under the age of 30 have already had a first dose."

All adults can book a vaccine at one of the 1,600 vaccination centres, pharmacies or GP clinics available through the national booking service.