Three other people have died after testing positive for the coronavirus in the UK, preliminary figures show.
This figure brings the total death toll in the UK during the pandemic to 41,426.
The number is expected to be much higher when figures for all metrics – which include deaths in nursing homes and the wider community – are released later today.
One person has died in hospital in England and two in Wales – while Scotland has not reported any new deaths.
Scotland has seen 83 new cases while Wales has seen 20. England has yet to release its figures.
The biggest increase in UK cases yesterday was Saturday in eight weeks after 123 new Covid-19 diagnoses in Scotland pushed the numbers up.
Three more people have died after testing positive for coronavirus in UK, preliminary figures show
The Scottish total – its highest in three months – has risen 73% from yesterday’s total of 71, and experts have blamed an outbreak at the 2 Sisters meat processing plant in Coupar Angus.
In the UK, there were 1,288 new cases yesterday, up from 1,077 last Saturday.
Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon described the large number of cases as “worrying”.
Today’s figures come as leaked documents reveal that the government has drawn up battle plans for the possibility of being struck simultaneously by a second wave of coronavirus and a no-deal Brexit.
Leaked documents warn of a potential crisis in social services due to the bankruptcy of councils and the recruitment of the military to prevent public disorder.
The revelation puts increasing pressure on ministers to negotiate a deal with Brussels to avoid a double in December, as the country is expected to be hit by a second peak.
The government has drawn up battle plans for the possibility of being struck simultaneously by a second wave of coronavirus and a no-deal Brexit, it has been claimed
The revelation puts increasing pressure on Boris Johnson and his ministers to negotiate a deal with Brussels to avoid a double in December, as the country is predicted to be hit by a second peak
The classified file, seen by The Sun, appears to be in the form of PowerPoint slides and is titled “Preliminary set of reasonable worst-case planning assumptions to support civilian emergency planning for the end of the transition period.”
It was created by the Cabinet Office’s EU Transition Task Force on the grounds that the government was not doing enough to get a deal signed before the end of the transition period on New Years Eve.
It follows the leak about Operation Yellowhammer in August last year, a civilian emergency plan in the event of a No Deal Brexit.
EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier this week voiced concerns, saying that a timely trade deal “seems unlikely”.
Leaked documents warn of potential crisis in social services due to bankruptcy of councils and army recruitment to prevent public disorder
Revealed in leaked document, Whitehall predicts potential for public disorder caused by food shortages and price hikes
The implications of a No Deal on the economy could be substantial and would be greatly compounded when combined with a winter virus.
Revealed in the leaked document, Whitehall predicts the potential for public disorder caused by food shortages and price hikes.
Troops may need to be drafted onto the streets to assist police in the worst-case scenario – 1,500 are already on standby.
The food problem is expected to worsen if the port of Dover and the Channel Tunnel are blocked due to increased border controls, with as many as 8,500 trucks lining up on the highway leading in Kent.
The Cabinet Office responded to the leak by outlining a series of contingency plans that are said to be already in place, including an additional £ 3 billion for the NHS.
30% of our food is imported from the EU as well as medicines, chemicals for the purification of drinking water and fuel supply.
He also warns that the Navy may be needed to prevent vigilant British fishermen from encountering illegal incursions by European fishing vessels.
The “reasonable worst-case scenario” also suggests that animal diseases could sweep the countryside due to drug shortages and the Channel Islands may need military parachutes to avoid running out of food.
ConsequentlySocial distancing measures and masks will have to continue until 2021.
Downing Street is pushing for a trade deal but is making contingency plans for an “undisciplined” exit from the European transition period at the end of December.
As trade talks seem poised to go to the end of the phone, there is a risk that they will collapse – erecting trade barriers overnight on January 1.
The Cabinet Office responded to the leak by outlining a series of contingency plans that are believed to already be in place.
The government is believed to have allocated an additional £ 3bn for the NHS and an additional £ 600m for social care, although it is not clear whether this will go to councils or be organized centrally.
Covid-19 testing capacity will be expanded to 300,000 per day and billions of items of PPE will be delivered to health and social service workers.
An additional £ 775million will be spent on new border and customs infrastructure and new border rules phased in over six months to try to avoid backlogs.
Cabinet Minister Michael Gove told The Sun: ‘We did a lot Brexit in January.
“And we are working hard to make sure the UK is ready for the changes and huge opportunities at the end of the year as we regain our political and economic independence for the first time in almost 50 years. years.
“Part of that work includes routine contingency planning for various scenarios that we don’t believe will happen, but we have to be prepared for, no matter what.