The government’s Health Secretary Matt Hancock will lead a Downing Street press conference later today (Wednesday, February 28).

It comes as the vaccination program invites people aged 42 and over to get their jab, and infection rates slightly increase.

This increase in rates is expected as more of society reopens, and isn’t a dramatic worry whilst hospitalisations and deaths stay low unless rates increase sharply.

The latest figures show the number of new Covid cases is rising in more than half of England’s towns and cities.

Despite a sharp fall in infection rates, analysis of Public Health England data shows that 163 of England’s 315 local authority areas have seen a week-on-week rise in new cases.

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There’s also hopes that foreign travel plans could soon be confirmed.

That’s after Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced that the NHS Track and Trace app is being converted into a travel passport.

However, travel restrictions will rely on the situation elsewhere, which is increasingly dire in places like India.

In other Covid news, a new PHE study offered hope as it found that a single dose of the Covid jab could cut transmission by up to half.

The research found that people given a single dose of either the Pfizer or Oxford vaccines – and who became infected at least three weeks later – were between 38% and 49% less likely to pass the virus on to people living in their homes.

One in four UK adults are fully vaccinated against Covid-19, after a record number of second doses were delivered in the past week.

The briefing is expected at 5pm.

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