The UK death toll now stands at 88,590 (Picture: PA)
Another 1,295 people have died with coronavirus in the UK, bringing the death toll to 88,590.
A further 41,346 people have tested positive over the last 24 hours, the latest figures from the Department of Health and Social Care show.
This brings the official number of people infected since the start of the pandemic to 3,357,361.
The Government’s coronavirus dashboard states 3,559,179 people have now received their first Covid vaccine dose.
It comes as a doctor reveals she receives up to 30 abusive messages each day from people claiming they ‘don’t give a s***’ about the pandemic.
Dr Samantha Batt-Rawden, a senior registrar working in intensive care in the South East, says she was told to ‘f*** off and die’ by one troll.
Epidemiologist Professor John Edmund has warned it would be a ‘disaster’ to remove restrictions at the end of February as it would place even more ‘enormous pressure’ on the NHS.
His comments come as the country records 11 cases of a Brazilian coronavirus strain and at least 35 cases of a highly transmissible South African variant.
There have been 3,357,361 cases recorded since the pandemic hit
Patients arriving as the NHS remains under severe pressure with the Covid-19 pandemic, Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel, London, UK (Picture: Mark Thomas/REX)
Scientists have not found any trace of another ‘super Brazilian strain’ which has left experts across the world concerned.
However, Mr Edmund has warned it is ‘likely’ both variants detected in Brazil have already made it to the UK.
All travel corridors will be closed from 4am on Monday in an effort to keep out new strains.
The entire continent of South America, as well as Portugal, was slapped with a travel ban this week after flights from South Africa were banned in December.
Labour has accused the Government of ‘closing the door after the horse has bolted’, saying the announcement is too late to have stopped the arrival of ‘worrying’ strains.
Asked why the border controls were only being introduced now, the Prime Minister replied: ‘At this crucial stage what we can’t have is new variants with unknown qualities coming in from abroad and that’s why we’ve set up the system to stop arrivals from places where there are new variants of concern and set up the extra tough measures that I’ve outlined.’
There are now more than 37,000 Covid patients in hospital amid the third national lockdown, with scientists predicting the second wave will be double the size of the first.
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