Covid cases spike past 60k as new record set for highest ever daily infections

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The UK has recorded its highest ever number of daily coronavirus infections – the day after Prime Minister Boris Johnson plunged England into its third national lockdown.

The Government said that, as of 9am on Tuesday, January 5, there have now been a further 60,916 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK – the highest daily total reported so far since the pandemic began.

It brings the total number of coronavirus cases in the UK to 2,774,479 and is the first ever time the number of cases within a single day has risen over 60,000.

The Government also said that a further 830 people have died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Tuesday, bringing the UK total to 76,305.

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 92,000 deaths involving Covid-19 in the UK.

Yvonne Doyle, medical director for Public Health England, said: "The rapid rise in cases is highly concerning and will sadly mean yet more pressure on our health services in the depths of winter.

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"That is why if we can, we must stay at home, reduce contacts and do everything possible to break the spread of this virus.

"It is by no means easy, but now more than ever we must all do our part to protect the NHS and save lives."

It comes a matter of hours after Prime Minister Boris Johnson plunged England into a lockdown which he said will last until at least mid-February, warning that the weeks ahead will be the "hardest yet".

In a televised address to the nation on Monday, January 4, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the news after a surge in cases following the discovery of a new variant of the deadly coronavirus last month.

He said: "The weeks ahead will be the hardest yet, but I really do believe that we are entering the last phase of the struggle because with every jab that goes into our arms we are tilting the odds against Covid and in favour of the British people.

"Thanks to the miracle of science, not only is the end in sight, but we know exactly how we will get there.

"But for now, I'm afraid you must once again stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives."

  • Boris Johnson
  • Coronavirus
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