Devastating Covid update as UK records another 1,564 deaths – highest-ever total reported
Matt Hancock says it is ‘down to everyone’ to reduce transmission
On Wednesday, the UK reported a record 1,564 new deaths within 28 days of a positive test from COVID-19. There was also another 47,525 additional cases reported, according to the latest Government statistics.
The reported number of deaths exceeds the 1,325 recorded on January 8th.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said coronavirus lockdown restrictions will remain in place in England for as “long as they are necessary”.
Mr Hancock said it was “impossible to know” when restrictions could be eased.
He added: “We will keep the restrictions in place not a moment longer than they are necessary, but we will keep them in place as long as they are necessary,” he said.
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“These measures that we have got in place that we hope to be able to lift, and we should be able to lift when we have been able to protect through vaccination those who are vulnerable – right now the vaccination is not in a position to do that.”
Police are in currently talks with the Home Office and the Department of Health about tightening lockdown rules around exercise.
Owen Weatherill from the National Police Chiefs’ Council, who is leading the policing response to the pandemic in England and Wales, said the rules around exercise are “a real challenge”.
He told the Home Affairs Select Committee that more detail should be added to health guidance and lockdown laws to make them clearer to the public.
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