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A total of 59,460,783 jabs have been given to people in England since its vaccination programme began on 8 December, according to NHS data.

PA Media reports that 428,780 people were inoculated on Friday, 177,139 of them with their first doses and 251,641 with their second.

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Boris Johnson has dropped a heavy hint that the final lifting of lockdown restrictions in England will be delayed by up to a month, as the government prepares to make a final decision over the weekend.

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