UK Covid cases rise by over 40,000 in single day for first time since pandemic began

It compares to Sunday’s increase of 30,000

Alastair Jamieson
Monday 28 December 2020 16:41
<p>Doctors treating patients on the intensive care unit (ICU) at Whiston Hospital in Merseyside</p>

Doctors treating patients on the intensive care unit (ICU) at Whiston Hospital in Merseyside

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Britain's coronavirus death toll has risen by 357 in the past 24 hours, with a record 41,385 new cases.

It brings the UK’s Covid-19 death toll to 71,109.

The Government said that, as of 9am on Monday, there had been a further 41,385 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK.

It brings the total number of cases in the UK to 2,329,730.

The figures come as hospitals in England have seen a "real rise in pressure" as the number of patients receiving treatment heads towards the April peak.  

Paramedics in London are receiving almost 8,000 call-outs daily, with Boxing Day described as one of London Ambulance Service's "busiest ever days".  

Meanwhile, hopes are growing for the approval of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine in the coming days, with volunteers ready to help roll out the jab nationwide, according to reports. 

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