Covid deaths in UK pass 60,000 as cases rise by 14,879

Another 414 people have died with coronavirus in the UK, pushing the death toll over 60,000. 

A further 14,879 new cases of Covid-19 were also reported in the last 24 hours. The latest figures mean that there have been 1,674,134 confirmed cases in the UK since the outbreak began, while the overall death toll now stands at 60,113. Separate figures from deaths in recent days and death certificates suggest 76,000 people have died with the virus. 

It comes two days after England came out of its second national lockdown and as Wales is set to be put under harsh new restrictions on Friday – just weeks after coming out of a ‘firebreak’ lockdown. 

But this week there was renewed hope of a return to normal life in the next few months after the UK became the first country to approve the Pfizer vaccine, with the NHS set to roll out its biggest vaccination programme in its history in the coming days. 

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Earlier today, NHS England said 295 death had been reported in English hospitals, bringing the total number of confirmed deaths reported in the setting to 41,605.

Patients were aged between 39 and 99. All except 11, aged between 53 and 91, had known underlying health conditions.

The deaths were between October 24 and December 2, with the majority on or after November 30.

22 other deaths were reported with no positive Covid-19 test result.

According to the most recent Test and Trace figures, published today, positive cases in England dropped by 28% in a week.

In Scotland, there have been 51 deaths and 958 positive cases recorded in the past 24 hours, Nicola Sturgeon confirmed today.

The death toll under this measure – of people who first tested positive for the virus within the previous 28 days – is now 3,848, while a total of 97,720 people have tested positive in the country.

Wales recorded 24 deaths and a further 1,473 cases ahead of harsh new restrictions being bought in on Friday. 

That means the country has now seen 83,961 confirmed cases and 2,638 deaths. 

In Northern Ireland, the department of health has said there have been 11 new deaths and 456 new cases, bringing the respective total to 1,026 deaths and 53,728 cases.

Meanwhile, the army is carrying out Covid vaccine dry runs ahead of the first 50 hospitals to get the jab being revealed. 

Across England, drinkers braved freezing temperatures and the need to have a substantial meal to hit the pubs, after venues were closed for at least a month. 

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