The number of cases is down from 16,022 on Friday and deaths are also down from 521.
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There are now 73,000 deaths involving COVID-19[feminine[feminine in the United Kingdom, when the number of cases reached 1,605,172.
New data on Friday revealed the R number had fallen to between 0.9 and 1 across the country. R represents the average number of people each COVID the positive person continues to infect.
The new level 3 and 2 government interventions, which must come into force on December 2, should keep the R number below 1 as Christmas approaches, according to a government adviser.
People protested against the lockdown measures in central London today, with police arrest 60 demonstrators.
Hundreds of protesters marched through the capital near Oxford Street chanting ‘freedom’, some carrying signs reading ‘stop controlling us’ and ‘no more lockdown’.
It comes as Tory MP Michael Gove has warned that English hospitals could be ‘inundated’ with coronavirus cases without tier rules.
The Cabinet Office minister, writing in The Times, urged MPs to “take responsibility for the tough decisions” to curb the spread of COVID-19, amid the anger of some conservatives at the anger of much from England facing strict restrictions.
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Mr Gove said the decision to impose the restrictions was necessary to ‘pull the handbrake’ and prevent the ‘disaster’ of NHS hospitals – and the private sector and the newly built Nightingale hospitals – from filling in. full capacity with only COVID patients and emergencies.
Also today the UK government announced that it had appointed a minister of vaccines to support the rollout of the coronavirus vaccine, as his government seeks to quell a backbench rebellion over the new tier system.
Nadhim Zahawi – who is among Tory MPs criticizing the new restrictions – has been appointed health minister responsible for deploying the shots, Downing Street said.