UK coronavirus cases rise by 21,363 as 213 further deaths reported


nother 213 people have died after testing positive for Covid-19,  bringing the UK death toll to 52,147.

Separate figures published by the UK’s statistics agencies for deaths where Covid-19 has been mentioned on the death certificate, together with additional data on deaths that have occurred in recent days, show there have now been 67,000 deaths involving Covid-19 in the UK.

The Government said that, as of 9am on Monday, there had been a further 21,363 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK.

It brings the total number of cases in the UK to 1,390,681.

A further 14 people with Covid-19 have died in Northern Ireland, the Department of Health has said.

The death toll recorded by the department now stands at 869.

There were also another 331 confirmed cases of the virus recorded in the last 24-hour reporting period.

A total of 47,162 people have tested positive for Covid-19 in Northern Ireland since the pandemic began.

Scotland has recorded six deaths from coronavirus and 717 positive cases in the past 24 hours, Nicola Sturgeon has announced.

The death toll under this measure – of people who first tested positive for the virus within the previous 28 days – is now 3,286.

Speaking at the Scottish Government’s coronavirus briefing, the First Minister said the daily test positivity rate is 8.3%, up from 7.2% on Sunday.

Ms Sturgeon warned the number of positive cases in the past 24 hours is lower than expected and is being examined.

There have been a further 892 cases of coronavirus in Wales, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 67,106.

Public Health Wales reported another two deaths, taking the total in Wales since the start of the pandemic to 2,209.

It comes after Health Secretary Matt Hancock revealed the  UK has ordered five million doses of the Moderna coronavirus vaccine that will be available from next spring.

The Health Secretary revealed an “initial agreement” was secured today with the US firm Moderna after preliminary trials showed the treatment to be 94.5 per cent effective. 

He told a Downing Street press briefing: “This is another encouraging step forwards, although I stress that this is preliminary, the safety data is limited and their production facilities are not yet at scale.”

The Health Secretary added: “While there is much uncertainty, we can see the candle of hope and we must do all that we can to nurture its flame.



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