COVID-19: Another 799 coronavirus deaths and 10,625 cases in UK - as over 15.5 million have had first vaccine dose

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A further 799 COVID-related deaths and 10,625 more cases have been reported in the UK in the last 24 hours, government data shows.

This compares to the 1,052 deaths and 12,364 cases reported this time last week.

Yesterday 230 fatalities and 9,765 infections were reported - figures can differ widely on these days due to a reporting lag from the weekend.

In total, 118,195 people have now died within 28 days of a positive COVID-19 test.

4,058,468 people overall have had an infection since the start of the pandemic.

Meanwhile, a total of 15,576,107 people have now had their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine - a rise of 275,956, while 546,165 have had a second jab overall.

These figures on Tuesday were reported as the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed that the weekly number of coronavirus-related deaths in England and Wales had fallen for the first time since Christmas.

The same ONS data also found that antibodies had increased across the UK, which is believed to show the positive impact of the vaccination campaign.

In the week ending 5 February, there were 7,320 fatalities where COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate - a drop of 13% from 8,433 deaths the previous week.

Having antibodies indicates that people have either previously been infected with the virus or have had a coronavirus vaccine.

Boris Johnson, who is expected to unveil England's roadmap out of lockdown next week, will be using data such as this to make his decision.

He will specifically be looking at coronavirus case numbers, hospital admissions, deaths and the impact of the vaccine rollout.

As part of the plan, the prime minister has also said he hopes to begin reopening schools in England from 8 March.

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In Scotland, meanwhile, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced that a phased reopening of schools will begin on Monday, although lockdown will continue until at least March.

She also warned that a return to "100% normality" would not be possible in the near future.