COVID-19: New UK coronavirus cases continue to fall as nearly 11 million get first vaccine dose

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The number of new coronavirus cases in the UK has fallen once again, with almost 11 million people having now received their first vaccine dose.

There have been a further 19,114 confirmed cases of COVID, compared to 20,634 yesterday and 29,079 a week ago, according to the latest government data.

Another 1,014 people have died after testing positive. It comes after 915 deaths were reported yesterday, and compares to 1,245 last Friday.

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The number of total vaccine doses administered has now surpassed 11 million - with 10,971,047 first doses given out and 505,993 second doses.

Yesterday, the government announced that one in five UK adults had been given first doses of a COVID vaccine.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said that the UK was on target to offer a jab to 15 million people by 15 February, encompassing the top four priority groups.

The government has since announced a target for all over-50s to be reached by the vaccine rollout by May.

It comes as researchers found that the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine - which has been largely responsible for the UK's quick rollout - remains effective against the variant of COVID that was first found in Kent and the South East.

Researchers say the jab shows a similar efficacy against the variant compared to the original.

Sky News has also been told by government sources that ministers have begun looking into the creation of digital immunity passports.

Research groups are said to have been set up to explore the possibility, as countries look ahead to the possibility of a return for international travel.

Earlier today, the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) announced their latest estimate for the R number in the UK - and it has narrowed slightly to between 0.7 and 1.

This means that for every 10 people who have the coronavirus, another seven to 10 people will catch it.