A FURTHER 671 people have died from Covid-19 – the country’s highest Sunday increase to date.
Official statistics released this afternoon also show 38,598 new cases of coronavirus have been recorded across Britain.
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A total of 3,395,959
people have now caught the bug in Britain while 89,261 have died since the start of the pandemic.
number of infections is 30 per cent lower than last Sunday (54,940) and also the lowest number of new COVID-19 cases since the end of December.
However, today’s death toll represents the
highest seen on a Sunday, with the previous tally reaching 657 on April 12.
The figures come as the
nation wages war on Covid-19, completing a total of 3,857,266 vaccinations in England between December 8 and January 16.
Of those, 3,365,492 were first doses of the vaccine and 426,102, were second doses.
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In England, a further 631 fatalities were confirmed,
bringing the total number of Covid deaths in English hospitals to 60,921.
It is the first day since last
Monday when there were less than 1,000 deaths, although totals can be lower on Sundays because of weekend reporting lags.
patients, who died between November 5 and January 16, were aged between 29 and 103 – and all except 31 had underlying health conditions.
deaths were confirmed in Wales, along with 1,172 new cases.
Northern Ireland reported another 25 Covid deaths in the last 24 hours, while Scotland did not report any.
country did, however, see infections grow by 1,341 and currently has more coronavirus patients in hospital than at any other time during the pandemic.
latest stats came after NHS England’s top boss today revealed someone is being admitted to hospital with coronavirus “every thirty seconds”.
NHS England Chief Executive Sir Simon Stevens
refused to “sugar coat” the “staggering” figures as he warned both hospitals and staff are under “extreme pressure”.
He said there have been 15,000 more hospital in-
patients across England since Christmas Day, adding: “Staggeringly, every thirty seconds across England another patient is being admitted to hospital with coronavirus.”
A total of 37,475
people were in hospital in the UK as of 4pm yesterday – a record number and more than double the peak of the first wave. LIFTING THE LOCK
result of the figures, the government will “phase out” the national lockdown before moving back to a tiered approach, Dominic Raab said today.
foreign secretary revealed the government plans to ease lockdown restrictions in March but lifting the measures will “not happen in one big bang,”.
In order for
measures to be eased, an area’s death rate must fall, the number of hospital admissions must drop and some in the 50 to 70-year-old age range must be vaccinated.
foreign secretary told Sky’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday: “Of course what we want to do is get out of this national lockdown.”
But he added: “We won’t do it all in one big bang.
“We will end up phasing through the tiered approach.”
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He went on to tell the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show “we can start to think about the phased
transition out of the national lockdown” if government targets are met by early spring.
“When we get to early Spring if we’ve succeeded, we can start to think about the phased
transition out of the national lockdown,” he said.
“It won’t be a big bang, it’ll possibly be back through the Tiers system.”