UK gives first dose of vaccine to 17.6 million people

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COVID-19 vaccinations in London

LONDON (Reuters) - More than 17.6 million people have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine in Britain, official data showed on Sunday, as daily deaths and coronavirus cases slipped.

Official figures showed that a further 215 people had died within 28 days of a positive test, down from the 445 reported on Saturday, although numbers can be distorted over the weekend.

A total of 120,580 people have now died in Britain from the virus. Deaths on a seven day average are down 27%.

The figures showed 9,834 new cases, down from 10,406 the day before.

(Reporting by Kate Holton; Editing by Giles Elgood)