The highest number of new cases since October, 5,449. was recorded on Tuesday with infection standing at 5.6pc. At least 593 patients are seriously ill, with 146 on ventilators. The number of deaths rose by 18 to a total of 3,256 since March.
The same day saw the conduct of 115,000 coronavirus vaccinations, bringing the total in ten days to 495,000. One of the recipients, with an active heart complaint, died of heart failure half an hour after he returned home from receiving the jab. His case is being investigated.