UK Covid cases have increased 32% in one week with 28,507 new infections in the past 24 hours.
There were 489 other deaths, bringing the grim death toll to 66,541.
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Scotland has recorded 36 deaths from the coronavirus and 744 positive tests in the past 24 hours. That brings the death toll there to 4,239.
And there have been 2,801 more cases of the coronavirus in Wales, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 117,367.
Public Health Wales has reported 38 more deaths, with the country’s death toll now at 3,011.
Yesterday 35,383 people tested positive as around 11,000 unreported cases in Wales were added.
Boris Johnson today refused to rule out a third nationwide lockdown after Christmas – and warned the rate of Covid infection was rising.
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- The ONS estimated that around 567,300 people in England had COVID-19 last week, up from 481,500 the week before
- Boris Johnson warned people to self-isolate today if they want to see their family on Christmas next week
- Although England’s four-week national lockdown ended just a fortnight ago, positive cases reached another 35,000 yesterday.
- Just north of Somerset, Bristol and Herefordshire have dropped a level, despite hopes Manchester, Leeds and parts of Birmingham may be moved with a crackdown on their cases
- Matt Hancock has warned everyone in Kent to act like they have coronavirus and stay away from others
The Prime Minister said he “hoped” England would not have to close again – after Northern Ireland joined Wales in saying it would close from Boxing Day.
The Prime Minister’s spokesperson said yesterday: “As we have said throughout, we will obviously keep the latest data and the latest trends under review. ”
According to the Times, Health Secretary Matt Hancock is considering additional measures, including closing non-essential stores if mass tests fail.
A Whitehall official told the newspaper: “There is a reason to go beyond level 3 and it is getting stronger and stronger. ”
Northern Ireland is set to enter a six-week lockdown from Boxing Day, this was confirmed today.
In some of the toughest rules yet, supermarkets will be forced to close at 8 p.m.
Wales will also be on lockdown after Christmas, with shops closing, a stay-at-home order introduced and people said not to mix.
Scotland hasn’t ruled it out, but has yet to announce any plans.
An interactive map has revealed areas of the UK that are at risk of becoming Covid hotspots by the new year.
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Parts of the southeast, including London, could record at least 500 cases per 100,000 in January, scientists say.
Currently, the UK has an average case rate of 200 cases per 100,000 people, according to official data.
It will likely skyrocket after Christmas, when families from across the UK have had the chance to celebrate together for five days.