UK sees 151 die with coronavirus as cases rise by 19,790

Another 151 people have died with coronavirus in the UK, the highest total on a Sunday in months.   

A further 19,790 positive tests have also been reported in the latest official figures.  

Last Sunday the UK recorded 67 deaths, with 65 and 33 recorded in the previous two weeks respectively. The last Sunday on which a higher death total was reported appears to be May 24, when 379 deaths were recorded.

But there tends to be a lag in the figures reported at the weekend, which could mask a higher number of actual cases and deaths over the last few days. The latest 24 hour period of reporting brings the UK’s death toll to 44,896 since the pandemic began, with the total number of cases rising to 873,800.

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NHS England is yet to announce how many deaths have been recorded in the country’s hospitals in the last 24 hours.

Elsewhere, Scotland has recorded one more death from coronavirus and 1,303 positive tests in the past 24 hours.

The Scottish Government announced that the death toll of people who first tested positive for the virus within the previous 28 days has now risen to 2,700.

A total of 56,752 people have now tested positive in the country.

There have been eight further Covid-19 linked deaths in Northern Ireland in the last 24-hours and 896 new cases of the virus, the country’s Department of Health announced.

The death toll recorded by the department now stands at 653.

There have been 34,105 confirmed cases in Northern Ireland.

In Wales, where a ‘fire-break’ lockdown is ongoing, a further 1,104 cases of Covid-19 have been diagnosed, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 42,681.

Public Health Wales added that five further deaths had been reported, bringing the total to 1,777.

The latest data comes as frontline NHS staff were told they could receive a vaccine ‘within weeks’.

In other coronavirus developments, self-isolation could also be cut from 14 to seven days as a scientist warned that ‘people will die’ if there is household mixing at Christmas.

There are also growing calls for the Test and Trace chief Baroness Dido Harding to be axed.

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