Coronavirus live news: surge testing rolled out in Lambeth and Cumbria; Japan turns Olympic viewing sites into vaccine centres

Surge testing to begin in Lambeth and Cumbria following rise in cases of Delta variant as Russia reports a record 9,120 cases in Moscow

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Several English football grounds are being used as vaccination centres, including the London Stadium, where long queues have formed as the UK government pushes everyone aged 18 or older to start getting jabs:

If you have booked in your first NHS jab today, at the London Stadium, Olympic Park, Stratford, it is important that you arrive on time and no earlier, as this causes delays.#KeepNewhamSafe#GetNewhamVaccinated pic.twitter.com/bFD9Vh5rKh

@biminibabes has been vaccinated!!

If you are 18+ and live in East London you can book your first NHS jab today at the London Stadium, Olympic Park, Stratford.

No walk-ins. Book here https://t.co/Va9J4Deuc1#ihadmyjab pic.twitter.com/JyM69oTbZv

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We reported earlier that a government scientific adviser had said a third wave of the coronavirus pandemic is “definitely under way” as the vaccine programme races to outpace the Delta variant’s spread across the UK. Here’s the full story from my colleague Miranda Bryant:

Related: Third wave of Covid ‘definitely under way’ in UK, says expert

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