UK coronavirus death toll increased by 6 – but 4th day in a row of more than 1,000 cases

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The death toll from coronavirus has risen by 6, bringing the UK’s grim toll across all settings to 41,429.The Department of Health also confirmed that the number of new Covid-19 infections was 1,041 – on the fourth day in a row, new infections were over 1,000 in 24 hours.

The number of laboratory-confirmed cases in the UK since the start of the epidemic now stands at 325,642.

Health officials are struggling to keep the infection rate low amid fears of a second lockdown.

Government scientists have warned the UK’s R level could have exceeded 1, while England’s chief medical officer Chris Whitty said there was little chance of a vaccine leaking before Christmas .

Professor Whitty said our best hope now is to find one before the winter of 2021.



The number of new cases is on the rise again

Earlier today it was announced that the number of UK hospital deaths had risen by three, the smallest increase since the lockdown began.

These included one death in England, two in Wales and none in Scotland

Scotland has seen a further rise in the number of people testing positive for the coronavirus, with the latest official figures showing 83 new confirmed cases.

This brings the total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases to 19,811.



The dead have increased again today

The total number of Covid-19 cases in Wales has increased by 20, bringing the number of revised confirmed cases to 17,727.

Meanwhile, NHS England said 938 people had tested positive for the coronavirus in the past 24 hours.

Yesterday, there were 18 deaths linked to Covid-19, bringing the official toll to 41,423 and 1,288 other cases of the virus.



The number of new coronavirus cases has remained stubbornly high

Last night, an illegal rave attended by more than 150 young people in a coronavirus hotspot had to be stopped by police.

The rally took place at Entwistle Reservoir, between Blackburn and Bolton, two areas where additional restrictions are in place due to the pandemic.

The man who organized the event was arrested by police and his equipment was taken from him.



Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty has warned a coronavirus vaccine is unlikely before Christmas

Lancashire Police Deputy Chief of Police Terry Woods tweeted: ‘Disappointed to see illegal raves start at Entwistle Reservoir overnight.

This week, senior figures have warned that the government may now have to consider “more national measures” to lock down cases as cases soar, although Boris Johnson has previously said that would not be the case .

A source told The Telegraph: ‘If this is not contained there may be some things that have been opened up, you have to ask yourself if steps need to be taken to reverse it.

“The strategy is to manage this through local outbreak management, but if it moves to Spain then you can clearly see what’s going on there, and in France people are taking more action there. nationwide.

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