COVID fatalities within the UK proceed to fall, as 231 extra folks have died from the virus.
Along with the deaths, 17,272 folks have examined optimistic for coronavirus up to now 24 hours.
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17,272 folks have examined optimistic for coronavirus up to now 24 hours
Customers in Nottingham metropolis centre at the momentCredit score: PA:Press Affiliation
Yesterday, 397 extra folks died and 15,539 examined optimistic for the bug.
Final Sunday, there were 215 Covid fatalities – down from the 398 recorded the identical time per week earlier.
As we speak’s statistics come as:
Well being Secretary Mr Hancock instructed the Telegraph he cannot wait to scrap the tier system and permit a return to regular life by the Spring.
Mr Hancock stated that the swift approval of Pfizer and Biontech’s coronavirus vaccine earlier this week would convey a couple of faster finish to measures which have upended life for Brits since final March.
He instructed the Telegraph: “There is no doubt that having the vaccine early… will convey ahead the second once we can eliminate these blasted restrictions, however till then we’ve got acquired to comply with them.
“Assistance is on its approach.”
It marks a decisive shift in tone from the Well being Secretary, who has beforehand been seen as one of many cupboard’s most vocal proponents of harsh coronavirus measures.
The primary vaccinations are presently being shipped to 50 places this weekend forward of the primary inoculation on Tuesday – which Mr Hancock has branded “V Day”.
Beneath authorities plans, half of all susceptible Brits may very well be vaccinated by the top of February.
This might enable MPs to sanction the comfort of restrictions when they’re renewed within the Home of Commons earlier than January 27.
The mass rollout of the vaccine can even be accompanied by an enormous authorities advising marketing campaign, set to be launched earlier than Christmas.
It’s anticipated to function well-known celebrities, and Hancock burdened he was searching for “some completely fantastic nonagenarians… to return ahead and be vaccinated.”
He didn’t specify whether or not this meant the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, who’re each of their 90s.