Meanwhile, government data also showed another 176,559 people had their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday, while 316,258 had their second jab.
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The number fully vaccinated now stands at 28,857,102, while 40,886,878 people have had at least one jab.
The latest figures come on the day Mr Hancock was questioned by the Health and Social Care Committee and Science and Technology Committee.
Mr Hancock told MPs that an earlier lockdown last year would have gone against scientific advice and disclosed a “reasonable worst-case scenario” calculated at the end of January 2020 predicted over 800,000 deaths.
The health secretary was questioned two weeks after Dominic Cummings, the PM’s former chief aide, claimed Mr Hancock “should have been fired for at least 15 to 20 things including lying”.
Mr Hancock struck back at the committee hearing, saying the government has improved since the ex-adviser’s departure from No 10.
Mr Cummings had alleged the health secretary’s claim he put a “shield” around care homes early on in the pandemic was “complete nonsense”.
He said Mr Hancock told the PM “categorically in March that people will be tested before they went back to care homes”.
But Mr Hancock told the committee: “We set out a policy that people would be tested when tests were available, then I set about building the testing capacity for us to be able to deliver on that.”