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UK records another 563 deaths as cases surge by 54,940

Another 563 people have died with coronavirus in the UK, as new cases and hospitalisations continue to batter the NHS. 

A further 54,940 cases were recorded on Sunday, taking the overall number of confirmed infections to 3,072,349. Some 81,431 people have now died within 28 days of a positive test result in the UK since the pandemic began.

The country had recorded four straight days of more than 1,000 deaths before today, though a lag in reporting tends to mean figures are lower at the weekend. Daily case rates have been above 50,000 since December 29, with reported new infections hovering at about 60,000 for around a week as the new variant sweeps through the country.

In the last seven days, 417,570 new cases have been recorded. Medics are warning of grave problems as new cases continue to translate into hospital admissions.

Separate figures published by the UK’s statistics agencies looking at death certificate data, together with additional statistics on deaths in recent days, show there have now been 97,000 deaths involving Covid-19 in the UK.

Some 6,363 deaths have occurred in the last seven days.

It comes as all British adults were told they would be ‘offered’ a vaccine by autumn, as the latest figures showed 200,000 Brits a day are being vaccinated. 

Earlier today, NHS England confirmed that a further 508 people who tested positive for coronavirus have died in the country’s hospitals, bringing the total number of confirmed deaths reported in the setting to 55,580.

The deaths were between December 17 and January 9.

There were 25 other deaths reported with no positive Covid-19 test result.

Wales has reported another 45 deaths, taking the total in the country since the start of the pandemic to 3,964.

Public Health Wales also confirmed a further 1,660 cases, bringing the overall number of confirmed infection to 169,754.

In Scotland three more deaths and 1,887 more cases were reported. 

That brings the respective totals to 4,968, deaths and 149,766 confirmed infections.

A further 17 people have died with Covid-19 in Northern Ireland, the Department of Health confirmed.

Another 1,112 people tested positive in the past 24 hours.

It brings the total number of people who died of the virus to 1,460 and the total confirmed cases to 88,700 since the pandemic began.

Meanwhile, Health Secretary Matt Hancock promised that all Brits over 18 would be ‘offered’ a vaccine by the autumn, while latest figures suggest more than 200,000 people are now being vaccinated every day in the UK.

The Government is targeting 2 million jabs a week.

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