It brings the total number of confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic to 1,809,455 and the number of deaths within 28 days of a positive test to 63,506.
The UK recorded 20,964 more on Thursday coronavirus cases – an increase of 4,386 from the previous day’s figure of 16,578 – and 516 deaths.
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Meanwhile, another 275 people who tested positive for the virus have died in hospital in England, bringing the total number of confirmed deaths reported in hospitals to 43,812, NHS England said on Friday.
The patients were between 34 and 99 years old. All but eight, aged 60 to 95, had known underlying health issues.
The deaths took place between November 1 and December 10. Fifteen other deaths have been reported without a positive COVID-19 test result.
And there have been 2,234 other cases of the coronavirus in Wales, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 98,232.
Public Health Wales has reported 29 more deaths, bringing the total since the start of the pandemic to 2,818.
This comes as the numbers show UK R number slightly increased between 0.9 and 1.
R represents the average number of people with each person COVID-19[feminine[feminine continues to infect.
Last week, the estimated R count was between 0.8 and 1 in the UK – its lowest level since August.
A figure below 1 means the epidemic is not increasing, but the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) said it was not convinced this was the case in all parts of England, especially in London and parts of the South East.
The latest data from the Bureau of National Statistics suggests that the proportion of people testing positive for COVID-19 has increased in London and possibly in the east of England, but has declined in all other regions.
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Rising infection rates have raised fears that the capital is heading towards Level 3 restrictions.
the Capital had the highest average infection rate in the country – 191.8 per 100,000 people – for the week of Nov.30 to Dec.6, according to Public Health England’s weekly surveillance survey.
This is an increase from 158.1 per 100,000 the previous week.
A decision will be made on December 16 and details released the next day. A possible level change would come into effect on December 19.