CORONAVIRUS cases in the UK today dropped by 13 per cent week-on-week as 341 more people lost their lives to the disease.
A further 19,875 people tested positive for the disease – bringing the total number of cases to 1,493,383.
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This is lower than yesterday’s 20,252 new cases – suggesting the curve in the second wave in flattening.
And it is a 13 per cent drop from the previous seven days to November 14.
The Department of Health also confirmed 341 more people have died – bringing the total number of deaths to 54,626.
Today’s latest figures is lower than last week when 462 died in the deadliest Saturday since May 2.
It comes as:
In England, 316 more people lost their lives to the bug – bringing the total to 38,112.
The latest victims were aged between 28 and 102 with all but five having underlying health conditions.
A further 28 people have died in Wales, with their total now at 2,365.
In Scotland today, 37 more died – bringing the total to 3,496.
While in Northern Ireland, another ten people died, with 923 lives lost in total.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said yesterday Britain is “heading in the right direction” and that the Covid second peak is “flattening”.
It comes as lockdown rules could be relaxed for a week over Christmas – leading to tough restrictions until late December.
Families will be granted up to seven days of festive freedom from December 22-28 under new Government plans.
But Public Health England officials have already warned every day of easing would demand “five days of tighter restrictions”.
This paves the way for 25 days of lockdown in the New Year.
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It comes despite the coronavirus R rate falling for the second week in a row – with only the South East above 1.
The crucial value – the number of people an infected person will pass Covid-19 on to – is estimated to be between 1.0 and 1.1.
When the figure is above 1, an outbreak can grow exponentially, but below that number would suggest the epidemic is shrinking.