1,564 more people die in highest Covid daily toll EVER as cases rise by 47,525
THE UK today suffered its deadliest day of the pandemic after 1,564 more people lost their lives to Covid.
Positive cases also rose by 47,525 – bringing the total number of infections to 3,164,051 – as ministers debate whether lockdown rules should be tightened.
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Today's death toll of 1,564 is the highest recorded since the pandemic began and brings the total number of fatalities to 84,767.
It is the second time in less than a week the UK has hit the grim milestone after 1,325 deaths were recorded last Friday with a record 68,058 cases.
It comes as…
- Education chiefs have admitted schools could stay closed beyond the February half-term
- Matt Hancock said hotels are being considered for treating some hospital patients as space runs out across the NHS
- Asda has become the first supermarket to offer the Covid vaccine in store
- An interactive map has revealed how bad Covid is in your area
- Free school meal vouchers will return next week after Marcus Rashford held a call with Boris Johnson
And this has been the deadliest week in the pandemic so far – with an average daily death toll of 931 in the last seven days.
During the first wave of Covid early last year, the highest seven-day average – between April 6 and April 12 – stood at 920.
But the government revealed more than 2.6million people have now received the Covid vaccine.
In England today, a further 1,012 died – bringing the total deaths in hospitals to 57,828.
The latest victims were aged between 39 and 102 and all but 46 had known underlying health conditions.
In Wales, 66 new deaths were recorded with their total now at 4,063.
Scotland reported a further 79 deaths giving a total of 5,102.
While in Northern Ireland, 19 new deaths have been recorded – bringing the total to 1,517.
It comes as Boris Johnson said today that there were early signs lockdown is working – but refused to rule out extra measures within days.
There are fears compliance has waned during the third shutdown with Downing Street discussing whether to clamp down further.
The PM told MPs at PMQS today: "If there is any need to toughen up restrictions, which I don't rule out, we will come to this house.
"The lockdown measures are starting to show signs of some effect and we must take account of that too."
Government sources told the The Sun ministers were prepared to tighten the lockdown further unless the situation improved by the weekend.
It is understood a fresh clampdown could include an end to click and collect shopping and no longer allowing two adults to meet up outdoors in a public place for exercise.
But claims people could be ordered to stay three metres apart were strongly denied by ministers.
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