UK records more than 50,000 cases for sixth day in a row

The UK has recorded more than 50,000 new coronavirus cases for the sixth day running, while a further 454 deaths were also reported. 

Another 54,990 Covid-19 infections were confirmed on Sunday, amid increasing warnings that the NHS will not be able to cope with the coming surge in hospitalisations. 

Yesterday saw a record 57,725 cases after four consecutive days of 50,000 cases, as the mutant strain of the virus continued to rip through the UK. Prime Minister Boris Johnson today admitted tougher restrictions are ‘probably’ on the way as the debate about whether children should return to schools on Monday rumbles on. 

The latest figures mean the UK has now recorded 2,654,779 cases and 75,024 deaths since the pandemic began. 

The latest data, only accurate up to December 28, shows that 23, 823 people were in hospital six days ago – but that figure is likely to have increased since.

366,435 new cases have been recorded in the last seven days, along with 4,228 deaths.

It comes as the Scottish Parliament is set to be recalled tomorrow as concerns grow about how rapidly the new strain is spreading there.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon confirmed she would be taking the step on Monday afternoon, with the country seeing an increase of 2,464 new cases in the last 24 hours.

No further deaths were recorded on Sunday as the register offices are closed over the public holidays.

Meanwhile, NHS England said earlier that a further 386 people who tested positive for coronavirus have died in hospital in the country, bringing the total number of confirmed deaths in the setting to 51,437.

Patients were aged between 30 and 107. All except 18, aged between 59 and 95, had known underlying health conditions.

The deaths were between December 6, 2020 and January 2, 2021.

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

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