CORONAVIRUS deaths at its highest since April with 696 more fatalities reported in the past 24 hours – but new infections are falling.
Cases are down seven per cent from last week with 18,213 new infections recorded today.
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The last time the daily death toll surpassed today’s figure was on April 22 – in the thick of the first wave of the outbreak in the UK.
The number of daily infections are lower than those recorded this time last week when 19,609 more infections were recorded.
There have been a further 907 cases of coronavirus in Wales, bringing the total number of confirmed infections to 74,735.
Public Health Wales reported another 41 deaths, taking the total since the start of the pandemic to 2,446.
Today Scotland recorded 44 deaths from coronavirus and 880 positive tests in the past 24 hours. It brings the death toll to 3,588.
Today’s increase in cases is higher than yesterday when 11,299 new infections and 608 deaths were recorded.
It comes a day before Brits find out what tier they will be living under when lockdown ends next week.
It comes as:
New figures from the ZOE Covid Symptom Study show that the East of England has seen a gradual uptick in cases since the end of October.
England’s lockdown is set to end next week with the nation returning to a tier system to control the spread of the virus.
ONE WEEK OF LOCKDOWN LEFT
The Government is due to announce which areas will be in Tiers 1, 2 and 3 on Thursday.
Documents released by the Cabinet Office suggest that “broader economic and practical considerations” will also play a part.
It comes amid reports Prime Minister Boris Johnson could face a “major revolt” within his party after it was reported that 80 per cent of the country could be forced into the toughest restrictions.
The latest infections data for England shows 269 out of 315 local authority areas have seen a fall in cases in the last seven days up to November 20.
The relaxing of the strict rules Britain has been living under for months comes as a huge relief.