648 more coronavirus deaths in UK as 16,170 new confirmed cases

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The UK’s official death toll now stands at 59,699 (Photo: Metro.co.uk)

Another 648 people have died in the UK after testing positive for the coronavirus, the Department of Health has confirmed.

Today’s figures show an additional 16,170 people have been diagnosed with Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of cases since the start of the pandemic to 1,659,256.

Britain’s official death toll, which records people dying within 28 days of a positive test, now stands at 59,699.

However, separate figures released by UK statistical agencies for the deaths for which Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, as well as additional data on deaths in recent days, show that 75,000 people have lost their lives in cause of the coronavirus in the UK.

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Yesterday 13,430 cases and 603 deaths were confirmed by the government.

It comes after the UK became the first country in the world to give the green light to Pfizer and BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine.

The jab will be available from next week, with nursing home staff and residents, over 80s and health workers at the top of the priority list.

The second nationwide lockdown helped regain control of the second wave (Photo: Metro.co.uk)

NHS staff are being trained to administer the vaccine and sites, including Nightingale Hospitals, are being converted to mass vaccination centers.

Boris Johnson is expected to give a press conference in Downing Street at 5 p.m. today to provide more details on the vaccine and answer questions from reporters.

The PM will also likely be asked about lifting England’s national lockdown today and returning to a three tier system.

The restrictions are stricter than before and 99% of the country is subject to the stricter first and third levels.

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