The UK's coronavirus R rate has fallen to between 0.8-1.0 ahead of next week's vaccine rollout.

Last week, the R rate stood was betweeb 0.9 and 1.0.

It comes after the number of coronavirus deaths in the UK from all settings increased by a further 414 yesterday - taking the total past the grim milestone of 60,000.

A further 14,879 cases were also recorded.

While Covid-19 is still killing several hundred people each day across the country, increasingly there appears to be hope that the pandemic can come to an end.

The first doses of the approved coronavirus vaccine arrived in the UK yesterday - with immunisation to begin from Tuesday, according to an NHS boss.

Chris Hopson, chief executive of NHS Providers, said immunisation will be "a marathon, it's not a sprint", telling BBC Breakfast: "We're looking forward to the race starting on Tuesday."

Britain has ordered 40 million doses of the vaccine, with two doses per person meaning 20 million people will receive the first round of jabs.

Mr Hopson said hospitals are working out how many care home residents, care home staff and over-80s they can get to.

"Each one of those groups has a different set of characteristics in terms of the logistical difficulty of doing the vaccination," he said, pointing out that the vaccine needs to be transported at minus 70C.

Chris Hopson, chief executive of NHS Providers, said immunisation will be "a marathon, it's not a sprint"

"Think of a large pizza box, is the way that we're describing it, that's got to be stored in a fridge at minus 70C.

"To be frank, the only way you can really do that at the moment is to store them inside NHS hospital hubs.

"You can only move them four times, and you have to ensure that the two doses are administered three weeks apart, so it's quite complex.

"So, what we're going to be doing is, hospitals are at the moment talking to care home providers to say how can we get your staff to come into those hospital hubs so we can inject them."

Meanwhile the Army has been carrying out Covid jab "dry runs"  in advance of the country's biggest ever mass vaccination programme.

It comes as the country battles with logistical challenges in administering it to those at the top of the priority list.