Yesterday saw the biggest daily rise in deaths since May (Picture: Metro.co.uk)

A further 310 people in the UK have lost their lives to coronavirus as the country struggles to contain its second wave.

In the past 24 hours, another 24,701 people have tested positive for the disease, bringing the total number of infections since the pandemic began to 917,575.

The Department of Health and Social Care only counts fatalities of people who have died 28 days after testing positive for Covid-19. Today’s count brings the official UK death toll to 45,675.

Separate figures published by the UK’s statistics agencies where Covid-19 has been mentioned on the death certificate, together with additional data on fatalities in recent days, show there have been 61,000 lives lost to coronavirus in the UK.

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Another 367 deaths were confirmed yesterday – the highest daily rise since May 27, when 422 fatalities were recorded.

Boris Johnson is now facing growing pressure to bring in a second lockdown amid warnings of increasing hospitalisations and ‘lower but longer’ peak of deaths.


UK coronavirus cases graph from October 28, 2020
The UK’s second wave is drastically higher than the first in March, April and May (Picture: Metro.co.uk)

According to the Telegraph, the latest projections from the Government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) have led to intense lobbying from experts, including chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Valance, for more drastic action.

Scientists suggest the most severe tier three restrictions may be needed across all of England by mid-December, according to The Sun, with a source telling the paper the latest figures are ‘utterly bleak’.

The whole of Nottinghamshire is set to be plunged into the third tier by the end of the week, meaning bars and pubs will be forced to close completely unless they serve ‘substantial meals’.

Residents will be banned from socialising with other households both indoors and in private gardens. The nationwide ‘rule of six’ on social gatherings still applies outdoors.

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Gyms, dance studios, leisure facilities, betting shops and casinos could be among the businesses forced to close, but there is some variation between tier three areas.

Meanwhile, Bristol is set to face ‘tier one plus’ restrictions according to ITV West Country, which said the move would see the city in the south west given tighter enforcement measures.

Despite a bleak outlook for the winter, Environment Secretary George Eustice has suggested families will still be able to meet up over Christmas.

He told BBC Breakfast: ‘Christmas is an important time for families, we recognise that.

‘I’m sure that we will be able to have a good Christmas and that families will be able to meet, but they may not be able to get together in larger groups that they normally would.’

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Source: Metro