UK CORONAVIRUS instances in at present hit a landmark 1.5million as 398 extra individuals misplaced their lives to the illness.
Nonetheless, 18,662 extra individuals examined constructive for the virus within the final 24 hours – which is the bottom each day improve in over a month.
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Coronavirus instances within the UK have hit 1.5millionCredit score: PA:Press Affiliation
At the moment’s case determine is decrease than yesterday’s rise of 19,875, suggesting the height of the second wave is flattening.
And it’s a 19.5 per cent drop from the earlier seven days.
The final time the each day toll dipped under 18,662 was over a month in the past on October 18 with 16,982 instances – earlier than the second nationwide lockdown was put in place.
It comes as:
The whole variety of instances now stands at 1,512,045 because the pandemic tore via the globe in March.
The Division of Well being additionally confirmed at present 398 extra individuals have died – bringing the entire variety of deaths to 55,024
At the moment’s determine is increased than yesterday when 341 died within the lowest Saturday rise this month.
In England, 222 extra deaths had been recorded – bringing the entire variety of deaths in hospital to 38,334.
An extra 11 individuals died in Wales – with their complete now at 2,376.
In Scotland, seven extra misplaced their lives – bringing the entire to three,503.
Whereas in Northern Eire, ten extra deaths had been reported with their complete now at 933.
It comes as Boris Johnson prepares to deal with the nation tomorrow to unveil harder tier guidelines when England leaves lockdown on December 2.
The proposed plans will embrace a strengthened set of regional restrictions as No 10 fears the virus “may rapidly run uncontrolled once more”.
It isn’t clear what Tier 1 guidelines will probably be – with the “rule of six” and 10pm curfew initially slapped on these dwelling in medium-risk areas.
However underneath the ramped-up Tier 2 and three guidelines, thousands and thousands of Brits will probably be banned from mixing with different households indoors, The Sunday Times studies.
It may additionally imply some areas dealing with recent measures corresponding to further journey bans and curbs on in a single day stays.
There will probably be a brief reprieve for up to five days over Christmas to permit households to have fun collectively earlier than they’re plunged into the powerful restrictions within the new 12 months.
Magnificence salons, gyms and hairdressers are also expected to open in this time for a “morale boost”.
And in a lift for the struggling excessive road, all shops will remain open when lockdown ends – even if they’re in the strictest tiers.
Boris is alleged to even be calling time on the controversial 10pm curfew on pubs and eating places.
He as a substitute plans to increase opening hours till 11pm – with the hope this can cease revellers congregating in crowds on the streets.
A No 10 spokesman mentioned final evening: “Everybody’s efforts throughout the present nationwide restrictions have helped convey the virus again underneath management, slowed its unfold and eased NHS pressures.
“However the Prime Minister and his scientific advisers are clear the virus remains to be current and with out regional restrictions it may rapidly run uncontrolled once more earlier than vaccines and mass testing have had an impact.
“That may put in jeopardy the progress the nation has made.”