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Another 194 people die with Covid-19 as UK records 21,350 more cases

A graphic showing the number of new coronavirus deaths recorded today

The UK has recorded another 21,350 coronavirus cases while 194 people who tested positive for the virus have died.

The latest figures released by the Government show new infections have increased slightly on the 20,572 cases seen yesterday. There have now been 1,213,363 confirmed cases of the disease in the UK.

Deaths are also up on the 156 recorded yesterday. A total of 49,063 people have died since the start of the pandemic, according to the official death toll.

A further 167 people who tested positive for coronavirus have died in hospital in England, bringing the total number of confirmed deaths reported in hospitals to 34,663, NHS England said on Monday.

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Patients were aged between 23 and 97. All except five, aged between 49 and 77, had known underlying health conditions.The deaths were between November 1 and November 8.

The latest figures come as the whole of Wales exited a 17 day firebreak lockdown. The country recorded a further 931 cases and eight deaths today as non-essential businesses were allowed to reopen.

A soldier who is helping with a mass testing pilot at Liverpool’s Anfield stadium (Picture: Reuters)

Case rates have fallen in almost every part of the country with the biggest drops are in Merthyr Tydfil, Neath Port Talbot and Torfaen.

It is too soon for the figures to reflect any real impact of the firebreak but the downward trend in most parts of the country suggests the recent surge in cases may have peaked.

Elsewhere, another 471 people have tested positive in Northern Ireland, and a further 10 deaths were reported. 

Scotland has recorded one death from coronavirus and 912 positive tests in the past 24 hours, the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced.

Shoppers queue for Primark in Cardiff, as restrictions are relaxed following a two-week ‘firebreak’ lockdown (Picture: PA Photo)

In the biggest coronavirus-related news of the day, pharmaceutical company Pfizer earlier announced its vaccine candidate had proven to be 90% effective.

The UK could receive 10,000,000 doses by Christmas after the drug was tested on 43,500 people in six countries and so-far no safety concerns were raised.

Sir John Bell, a member of the UK’s vaccine taskforce, said he was confident the news meant the UK could look forward to returning to normal life ‘by spring.’

When asked on BBC Radio 4 about whether the vaccine would mean restrictions would be no longer necessary by the spring, he said: ‘Yes, yes, yes. I am probably the first guy to say that but I will say that with some confidence.’

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