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UK records another 16,170 coronavirus cases and 648 deaths

Written by on 02/12/2020

There have been a further 16,170 coronavirus cases and 648 deaths recorded in the UK in the past 24 hours.

The latest government figures bring the total number of coronavirus cases in the UK to 1,643,086 – and the total number of deaths within 28 days of a positive COVID-19 test to 59,699.

On Tuesday, there were 13,430 cases and 603 deaths.

Meanwhile, there have been a further 1,480 cases of coronavirus in Wales, bringing the total number of to 82,489.

Public Health Wales reported another 51 deaths, taking the total since the start of the pandemic to 2,614.

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It comes as the UK became the first country in the world to approve the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for use.

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The government says the jab, which has been given the green light by independent health regulator MHRA, will be rolled out within days.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said there is a commitment for all four nations of the UK to start vaccinations at the same time “early next week”.

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Residents in a care home for older adults and their carers are first on the list to receive a jab.

Additional figures showed a further 372 people who tested positive for coronavirus have died in hospital in England, bringing the total number of hospital deaths reported to 41,310, NHS England said on Wednesday.

Patients were aged between 19 and 103. All except 17, aged between 19 and 93, had known underlying health conditions. The deaths were between 7 April and 1 December.

And separate figures published by the UK’s statistics agencies for deaths where coronavirus was mentioned on the death certificate, together with additional data on deaths that have occurred in recent days, suggested there have now been 75,000 UK deaths.

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