A TOTAL of 21 new cases of coronavirus were recorded across Cheshire East, and Cheshire West and Chester, yesterday, Sunday.

In Cheshire East, 10 people tested positive, bringing the area's total number of cases throughout the pandemic to 20,950.

In Cheshire West and Chester, 11 people tested positive, bringing the area's total to 21,745.

Up to Saturday, a total of 34,505,380 first doses of a corornaviurs vaccine had been administered across the UK since the start of the vaccine rollout, along with 15,329,617 second doses.

Meanwhile, Dominic Raab has urged caution in the 'last lap' of the fight against coronavirus, arguing there is only 'a little bit more time' until all legal restrictions on social interaction are removed.

The Foreign Secretary said yesterday, Sunday that 'steady steps' out of lockdown are 'the smart way to go' so that the many sacrifices are not squandered as people plead for hugs between family members to be permitted again sooner.

Mr Raab insisted that the Government would publish a list of nations deemed safe to visit 'shortly' ahead of the expected lifting of the ban on international holidays for people in England from May 17.

And he said that 'all the different contingencies' are being looked at when asked about a reported plan to consider offering vaccines to secondary school pupils as soon as September.

"We’re very close now to really turning the corner and I think we still need to be careful to go as I said we don’t want to see the gains lost and the sacrifices that have been made undone,' the Cabinet minister told Sky’s Sophy Ridge yesterday.

"By the time we get to June 21 almost all social restrictions will be lifted so there’s only a little bit more time to go, but it’s right to make sure we do that in a careful way."

He acknowledged that the rollout of vaccines has increased the temptation for still prohibited social interactions outside individuals’ households including 'hugging your loved ones that you haven’t been able to do for a while'.

"I do think we just need to make sure that in the last lap, if you like, that we are careful and we don’t lose the gains we’ve made," he added.