UK records highest daily increase in coronavirus infections amid Tier 4 lockdown
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The UK has recorded its highest daily increase in coronavirus infections after another 35,928 new positive tests were reported.
It is double last week's daily tally with the new stats also recording another 326 deaths to bring the UK's Covid-19 death toll to 67,401.
The worrying figures come hours after parts of the country were placed into a Tier 4 lockdown with Christmas being cancelled for millions of Brits.
In total the UK has recorded more than two million coronavirus cases with the infection rate showing little signs of slowing down.
Nearly 20 million people had their Christmas plans scrapped last night as Prime Minister Boris Johnson banned people in London and the south east of England from forming festive bubbles.
Government scientific experts are concerned about the 'mutant' new variant of coronavirus that they fear spreads 70% more quickly than the initial strain.
That means it could increase the all important R rate by as much as 0.4.
The same day last week saw 18,447 new Covid-19 cases recorded, just over half of the figure released today, representing a huge spike in numbers. There were 144 more deaths.
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Health Secretary Matt Hancock admitted the draconian new Christmas measures are an "awful end to an incredibly difficult year".
He added: "Everybody has been really looking forward to (Christmas) after all the sacrifices that have been made but unfortunately this virus, the new strain, was out of control."
Initially the government was going to relax the coronavirus lockdown restrictions from December 23 to 27 to allow people to enjoy the festivities.
But now millions are not allowed to form Christmas bubbles while for the rest of the country the relaxation only counts for Christmas Day.
After the bombshell announcement people rushed to London terminals to escape the capital before Tier 4 lockdown restrictions kicked in.
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