UK Covid deaths jump by 1,325 on deadliest day EVER and cases rise by record 63,053

COVID deaths today jumped by 1,325 on the UK's deadliest day ever with cases rising by a record 63,053.

The grim daily death figures have now topped 1,000 for the third day running as a mutant strain rips across the country.

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Today's number brings the total for the UK to 79,833 and is the highest number of UK deaths reported on a single day since the outbreak began.

It is also more than double the 613 reported a week ago.

Covid cases also jumped by a further 68,053 today – the 11th day in a row infections have passed 50,000 and the highest rise yet.

The total number of cases now stands at 2,957,472.

It comes as…

  • Sadiq Khan declared a ‘major incident’ in London as Covid spread is ‘out of control’
  • The official R-Rate has risen again to 1.4 across the UK
  • Britain has approved a third Covid vaccine which will be available in Spring
  • An interactive map reveals how fast Covid cases have soared in your area
  • A study found the Pfizer Covid vaccine does protect against super-contagious mutant Covid strains

The figures continue to be affected by a lag in the publication of recent data, so will contain some deaths that took place over the Christmas and New Year period that have only just been reported.

The previous highest death toll was recorded in the Government's official figures was 1,224 on April 21.

But media outlets have reported the deadliest ever day was April 8 when 1,445 sadly died after deaths hit 1,000 for 22 days in a row.

In England today, 715 more deaths were reported in hospitals bringing the total to 54,445.

The latest victims were aged between 30 and 101 with all but 23 having known underlying health conditions.

In Scotland, 93 more deaths were reported – with their total now at 4,872.

Wales suffered a further 56 deaths bringing the total number of victims to 3,857.

While in Northern Ireland, 20 new deaths were reported with 1,434 in total.

It comes as London today declared a major incident with hospitals at breaking point.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said on average, one in 30 Londoners have the disease – although in some areas of the capital it's one in 20.

He also warned hospitals were at risk of running out of beds in two weeks and urged face masks to be compulsory in all public spaces.

The R-rate has now hit 1.4 across the UK with the variant up to 74 per cent more transmissible.

The crucial level must be kept below 1 to cause the outbreak to shrink. Above 1, and cases will continue to rise.

But in a positive step, Britain today approved a third Covid vaccine in a boost to efforts to beat the pandemic.

UK regulators have now recommended the use of the Moderna jab – which is 94 per cent effective in preventing coronavirus.

The jab is the third to be given the green light by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), along with the Covid-19 vaccines from Pfizer/BioNTech and Oxford/AstraZeneca.

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