COVID-19: Vaccination total passes 13m as another 1,001 COVID-related deaths reported

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The total number of people to have received a first dose of the coronavirus vaccine in the UK has passed 13 million, as another 1,001 deaths were reported.

Today's official government figure compares to the 1,053 deaths recorded on Tuesday.

And 13,013 new cases of COVID-19 were reported, up on the 12,364 yesterday.

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It brings the total number of cases of coronavirus in the UK to 3,985,161, and the number of deaths to 114,851.

A further 411,812 people have had a first dose of the coronavirus vaccine, meaning 13,058,298 people in the UK have received a jab.

Boris Johnson is due to speak to the nation at 5pm from Downing Street, where he will be joined by Sir Patrick Vallance, the government's chief scientific adviser.

Earlier it was revealed that new symptoms, including a loss of appetite and muscle aches, could be indicators of COVID-19 following a study by Imperial College London.

The other new signs to keep an eye on were chills and headaches, according to a study of more than one million people.

Meanwhile, during Prime Minister's Questions, Mr Johnson said that people will have to "get used to the idea" of being vaccinated again in the autumn following the emergence of numerous variants of the coronavirus.

His words came after the discovery that the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine may only offer limited protection against mild disease caused by the variant discovered in South Africa.

And a spanner may have been thrown in the works of those looking to go on holiday this year, as Transport Secretary Grant Shapps spoke to Sky News about new travel restrictions.

He said: "I'm afraid I can't give you a definitive 'will there or will there not be' the opportunity to take holidays this next year, either at home or abroad."