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Another 33,364 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the UK

Written by on 21 December 2020

Another 33,364 people have tested positive with COVID-19 in the UK.

It follows a record breaking 35,928 new infections confirmed on Sunday.

There have been 215 more deaths confirmed within 28 days of a positive test, down from Sunday’s figure of 326.

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There are deep concerns about the new coronavirus strain

The new figures bring Britain’s total confirmed cases linked to coronavirus to 2,073,511 and death toll to 67,616.

In England hospitals, 190 deaths were reported among patients aged between 41 and 103, and each had tested positive for coronavirus. Eight other deaths were reported with no positive COVID-19 test result.

Wales reported 10 new deaths, Northern Ireland confirmed seven more and Scotland’s death toll did not rise.

Sunday’s record-breaking daily cases across the UK were in part blamed on a newly discovered strain of the virus, which is spreading in London and England’s southeast.

That has prompted Prime Minister Boris Johnson to enforce new Tier 4 restrictions in England, while rules have also been tightened in Wales and Scotland. Northern Ireland is due to enter a six-week nationwide lockdown from Boxing Day.

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Mr Johnson has said that the new strain could raise the R number – the rate of transmission – by “0.4 or greater”.

Meanwhile, documents discussed by government advisers on Friday show 0.4 to be at the lower end of the estimate.