UK reports another 587 COVID deaths – as vaccine doses rise by more than 600,000 for first time

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Another 587 people have died with coronavirus in the UK, according to government figures – while the number of people to receive a vaccine dose has climbed above 600,000 in a single day for the first time.

It compares to 1,200 fatalities announced yesterday and 610 last Sunday, and brings the total number of deaths within 28 days of a positive COVID-19 test to 106,158.

Britain has recorded more coronavirus deaths than any other country in Europe and has one of the highest COVID death rates in the world, but the tally reported on Sundays is often lower due to a lag in reporting.

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Meanwhile, a further 21,088 people have tested positive for the virus in the UK. That compares to 23,275 on Saturday, and 30,004 last Sunday.

It brings the total number of cases to 3,817,176.

The latest vaccine increase of 609,010 was largely driven by England, where 549,943 doses were given on Saturday, 10,252 of which were second jabs.

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Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi tweeted: “A new record! Well done team. Well done to all of the @NHSuk family, our Armed forces & the army of volunteers. We will do this.”

Another 25,299 doses were given in Wales, and 23,055 in Scotland.

The total number of first doses given in the UK is now 8,977,329, and second doses have reached 491,053.

Earlier on Sunday, NHS England said a further 563 people who tested positive for coronavirus had died in hospital, bringing that total to 71,789.

Patients were aged between 24 and 99. All except 29, aged 34 to 97, had known underlying health conditions.

The deaths were between 14 December 14 and 30 January.

The new statistics come as experts have warned social distancing measures may be needed all year.

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