Another 24,962 UK cases of coronavirus have been reported today, as infections continue to surge despite a second national lockdown in England.
The latest official figures show that a further 168 deaths of people with Covid-19 were recorded in the past 24 hours, bringing the death toll since the pandemic began to 51,766, while the total number of cases is now 1,369,318. Data at the weekend tends to be lower than on weekdays, due to a lag in reporting, however, today’s total is one of the largest on a Sunday in months.
Separate figures from the UK’s statistics agencies on deaths where Covid-19 has been mentioned on the death certificate and additional deaths in recent days, show there have now been 67,000 deaths involving Covid-19 in the UK.
It comes as the UK’s national statistician said that the growth in the number of cases is slowing, even as the country continues to record huge numbers of new infections each day. One in 85 people in England are currently thought to have the virus, ONS chief Professor Sir Ian Diamond added.
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The effects of the England’s lockdown was not expected to be seen immediately, since infections picked up before the restrictions came in and the resulting deaths were already ‘baked in’.
Earlier today, NHS England said 132 deaths have been reported in the country’s hospitals – a similar tally to the last two weeks.
Patients were aged between 45 and 100. All except one, aged 69, had known underlying health conditions. The deaths occurred between October 23 and November 14.
Three other deaths were reported with no positive Covid-19 test result.
A further nine people with Covid-19 have died in Northern Ireland, according to the Department of Health.
It means the death toll recorded by the department now stands at 855.
There were also another 472 confirmed cases of the virus recorded in the last 24-hour reporting period.
A total of 46,831 people have tested positive in Northern Ireland since the pandemic began.
No new deaths were reported in Scotland, meaning the overall toll in the country remains at 3,280.
But there were 1,159 Covid-19 cases reported in the last 24 hours, bringing the total to 81,294.
Wales, which has recently come out of a ‘firebreak’ lockdown, has seen 16 deaths and 1,333 new cases reported in the last 24 hours.
That brings the respective totals in the country to 2,207 and 66, 214.
It comes as the UK was told to expect more than 300,000,000 doses of vaccine to be delivered by April, as experts branded the next two weeks ‘crucial’ to ending England’s lockdown on time, early next month.
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