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Coronavirus live news: UK records 207 deaths within 28 days of Covid test; France rolls out booster jabs for over-65s and at-risk

UK figures come after bank holiday weekend where there is usually a lag in case reporting; nationwide booster campaign to begin in French care homes on 12 September

Spain said on Wednesday 70% of its population had been fully vaccinated against Covid-19, fulfilling a goal set by the government for August, Reuters reports.
With over 66 million doses administered, 70.3% of the Spanish population had received by August 31 a complete vaccination programme while 77% had been partially vaccinated, health ministry data showed. “We have achieved it thanks to the strength of the national public service, the effort by health professionals, the work from public agencies and the great awareness from citizens,” Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez tweeted. The average number of cases per 100,000 people in the last 14 days in Spain decreased to 221 on Wednesday from 233 the prior day, according to the Health Ministry, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to over 4.8 million. But deaths registered in the past seven days grew, totalling 352 on Wednesday’s report compared to 319 on Tuesday, taking the overall number of fatalities caused by the virus to around 84,500.

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