COVID-19: 14m receive first vaccine dose as confirmed cases passes 4m mark

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The number of people to have had their first coronavirus vaccine jab in the UK has passed 14 million, as the total confirmed number of cases exceeds four million.

The latest government figures also showed there were a further 758 deaths recorded in the latest 24-hour period, up from the 678 fatalities confirmed on Thursday.

Since the pandemic began a year ago, a total of 116,287 people have now died in the UK within 28 days of a positive COVID-19 test, with 4,013,799 confirmed cases.

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A further 15,144 infections were also confirmed on Friday, compared to the 13,494 cases reported yesterday.

Meanwhile, 503,116 more people have had a first dose of a coronavirus vaccine, taking the total to 14,012,224.

The news comes on the day it was announced the UK's R number had fallen below 1 for the first time since last July.

And while the numbers are currently moving in the right direction, one senior health official said today she believed restrictions should remain in place until all adults are vaccinated.

Dr Susan Hopkins told Sky News some measures may have to stay in place beyond that too - until more is known about COVID-19 transmission.