LONDON, June 15 (Xinhua) -- Britain has reported another 7,673 coronavirus cases in the latest 24-hour period, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 4,581,006, according to official figures released Tuesday.
The country also recorded another 10 coronavirus-related death. The total number of coronavirus-related deaths in Britain now stands at 127,917. These figures only include the deaths of people who died within 28 days of their first positive test.
More than 41.8 million people have been given the first jab of the coronavirus vaccine while more than 30.2 million people have been fully vaccinated with a second dose, according to the latest official figures.
The latest data were revealed as Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the easing of COVID-19 restrictions in the region is likely to be delay by three weeks due to the rise of cases.
It was previously planned that the region would move to the lowest Level Zero of its five-tier system from June 28. A formal decision is likely to be taken next week.
The latest development came one day after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a four-week delay to the final step of England's roadmap out of COVID-19 restrictions until July 19, amid a surge in cases of the Delta variant first identified in India.
Public Health England (PHE) has said that the Delta variant is now the "dominant" strain in Britain.
Experts have warned that coronavirus may continue to evolve for years to come, and eventually it is likely current vaccines will fail to protect against transmission, infection, or even against disease caused by newer variants.
To bring life back to normal, countries such as Britain, China, Russia, the United States as well as the European Union have been racing against time to roll out coronavirus vaccines.