UK records another 23,012 coronavirus cases as 174 more people die

Another 174 people have died with coronavirus in the UK, while a further 23,012 cases have been confirmed in the last 24 hours. 

Today’s figures bring the total number of deaths to 44,745 and cases to 854,010 since the pandemic began in March. 

Yesterday, 20,530 cases and 224 deaths were recorded while last Saturday there were 16,171 cases and 163 deaths. 

In Northern Ireland there were six more deaths and 923 new cases of the virus. A four week lockdown is currently half way through but leaders haven’t ruled out extending it beyond November 13. 

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Coronavirus deaths rose by 11 in Scotland in the last 24 hour period and there were 1,433 cases recorded. 

In Wales, where a firebreak lockdown began at 6pm on Friday, a further 1,324 people tested positive and 16 people died.

It comes as the Government is reportedly considering introducing a fourth tier to England’s three tier local lockdown system.

Areas currently under tier three but where the virus still isn’t under control may be forced to close non-essential shops and restaurants.

Meanwhile, the architect of the March lockdown, Professor Neil Ferguson, has warned the NHS won’t be able to cope if infection numbers remain at the same levels.

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that more measures, including the closure of schools to older pupils, may have to be considered in the near future.

South Yorkshire became the latest place to be added to tier three at midnight – joining Liverpool, Manchester and Lancashire.

Coventry, Stoke and Slough have now moved into tier two, the second highest alert level.

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