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Britain has recorded more than 1,000 Covid deaths for the fourth day in a row as the new mutation wreaks havoc across the country

Britain has recorded more than 1,000 Covid deaths for the fourth day in a row as the new mutation wreaks havoc across the country

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Britain has recorded more than 1,000 Covid deaths for the fourth day in a row as the new mutation wreaks havoc across the country.

A further 1,035 people have died today in the deadliest Saturday since April 18, as the total Covid death toll since the pandemic began hit a grim 80,000.

Today’s total marks a 132.5 per cent rise on the 445 deaths recorded on this day last week and is the highest Saturday figure since April 18.  

But, in a positive sign that the upward curve in cases may be leveling out, a further 59,937 people tested positive, up just 3.8 per cent on last Saturday.

It is also more than 8,000 cases fewer than the 68,053 recorded yesterday – a record high.

Friday also saw 1,325 more deaths. 

But a senior SAGE official yesterday warned the actual number of Britons currently getting infected every day is closer to 150,000 – claiming that the size of the second wave is now significantly worse than the first.  

As Britain’s death toll continues to climb, experts are calling for an even tougher lockdown to combat the rapidly-spreading new variant while the Government issued a new campaign blitz to scare people into obeying lockdown rules. 

England is now in its toughest and longest lockdown since last spring and may not emerge from it until all the most vulnerable groups have been vaccinated against Covid-19. 

Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty has appeared in adverts urging Britons to ‘act like you’ve got’ coronavirus to ‘protect the NHS and save lives’.  

Two terrifying new posters also show a patient dying in hospital and a healthcare worker wearing full PPE, warning Britons: ‘If you go out, you can spread it.

People will die.’ 

This week’s enormous case figures – which have exceeded 50,000 every day since Monday – have added pressure on Boris Johnson to speed up the sluggish vaccination programme designed to start getting Britain out of lockdown by mid-February. 

Meanwhile, Buckingham Palace revealed today that the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have been given the Covid-19 vaccination at Windsor Castle.

The Monarch, 94, and Prince Philip, 99, have joined more than 1.5million people across Britain who have been given the jab since the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine was approved for use in December. 

In other coronavirus news today: 

  • Rishi Sunak could delay tax rises until next autumn but will end Stamp Duty holiday in March;
  • Police vow to issue fines ‘much quicker’ as scientists blame public for not following the rules as closely as they did in first lockdown;
  • Fears of a new wave of deaths after outbreaks in homes more than doubled over New Year period;
  • Some schools are still more than HALF full as attendance soars much higher than the first lockdown;
  • Doctors in packed London hospitals ‘have to choose who gets intensive care and prioritise young people with highest survival chances’;
  • Police who fined two women £200 for socially-distanced country walk are slammed by ex-chief constable; 
  • Dozens of anti-lockdown protesters march on Clapham Common chanting ‘take your freedom back’

Crowds of people were seen walking along the seafront in  Southend (pictured) on the deadliest Saturday since April 18

Crowds of people were seen walking along the seafront in  Southend (pictured) on the deadliest Saturday since April 18

Crowds of people were seen walking along the seafront in  Southend (pictured) on the deadliest Saturday since April 18

Everyone in England is being urged to stay at home and 'act like you've got it' as part of a major advertising campaign. including posters (pictured) encouraging the public to control the spread of the virus and protect the NHS and save lives

Everyone in England is being urged to stay at home and 'act like you've got it' as part of a major advertising campaign. including posters (pictured) encouraging the public to control the spread of the virus and protect the NHS and save lives

Everyone in England is being urged to stay at home and ‘act like you’ve got it’ as part of a major advertising campaign. including posters (pictured) encouraging the public to control the spread of the virus and protect the NHS and save lives

A commuter wears a facemask as he sits in a bus shelter with signage promoting "Stay Home, Save Lives" in central London

A commuter wears a facemask as he sits in a bus shelter with signage promoting "Stay Home, Save Lives" in central London

A commuter wears a facemask as he sits in a bus shelter with signage promoting ‘Stay Home, Save Lives’ in central London

Scientists have warned the current lockdown measures are too ‘lax’ and can’t contain the new coronavirus variant, so are demanding stricter restrictions as ‘interactions are now riskier’ than in the first wave of the pandemic. 

While 90 per cent of the population ‘overwhelmingly’ sticking to regulations, Britain’s streets and public transport have remained busy this week allowing the virus to spread, with one expert describing the new strain as a ‘pandemic within a pandemic’.

As a result, ministers are considering introducing tougher measures as part of the crackdown, including possibly making face masks mandatory in busy outdoor areas. 

Today, Professor Kevin Fenton, London regional director of Public Health England, said the more coronavirus patients the NHS has to deal with, the more difficult it is to keep other services open as he urged anyone doubting the seriousness of the situation to read and listen to the words of staff and patients. 

Three police officers wearing face masks question a man sitting on a bench in St James's Park in central London this morning

Three police officers wearing face masks question a man sitting on a bench in St James's Park in central London this morning

Three police officers wearing face masks question a man sitting on a bench in St James’s Park in central London this morning

Despite around 90 per cent of the population 'overwhelmingly' sticking to regulations, the streets and public transport have remained busy this week, allowing the virus to spread. Pictured: Clapham today

Despite around 90 per cent of the population 'overwhelmingly' sticking to regulations, the streets and public transport have remained busy this week, allowing the virus to spread. Pictured: Clapham today

Despite around 90 per cent of the population ‘overwhelmingly’ sticking to regulations, the streets and public transport have remained busy this week, allowing the virus to spread.

Pictured: Clapham today

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have been given the Covid-19 vaccination at Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace revealed today

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have been given the Covid-19 vaccination at Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace revealed today

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have been given the Covid-19 vaccination at Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace revealed today 

He told BBC Breakfast: ‘I would encourage people to read, look at the programmes that you’re running on TV where you’re interviewing doctors, where you’re interviewing patients who’ve had this very severe disease and เกมสล็อตน้องหมา are suffering from the long-term effects of it.

‘This is the reality and that is the truth.

So the advice would be listen, read, but stay at home. Protect yourself, protect your families.’

SAGE scientist Professor Susan Michie this morning warned that the current nation-wide lockdown is ‘too lax’.

She said the virus thrives in cold weather and people spending more time indoors increases the risk of transmission. 

She said a wide scope for what counts as a key worker means classrooms are nearly half full and public transport is crowded at school pick up and drop off – on top of rush hour for key workers. 

Permitted household contact for certain trades – including non-essential tradespeople or nannies –  also increases the risk of the virus spreading rapidly, the professor said.  

Professor Michie, professor of health psychology at University College London, told BBC Radio Four’s Today programme: ‘This is quite a lax lockdown because we’ve still got a lot of household contact, people go in and out of other people’s houses if they’re a cleaner, a non-essential trade person or a nanny. 

‘We also have mass gatherings in terms of religious events and nurseries being open, and you have this wide definition of critical workers so we have 30 to 50 per cent of classes full up at the moment and very busy public transport going to and from these things.

‘It’s definitely too lax.

If you compare ourselves with March we have the winter season and the virus survives for longer in the cold plus people spend more time indoors and we now know aerosol transmission which happens indoors is a very big source of transmission for this virus.

‘Secondly, we have this new variant which is 50 to 70 per cent more infectious.

You put those two things together alongside the NHS being in crisis, we should have a stricter, rather than a less strict lockdown than we had in March.’

People out and about Clapham, South London today after a major incident has been declared by the London Mayor due to rapid rise in Covid-19 cases England in currently in its 3rd Lockdown due to Covid 19. restrictions mean people can not leave home apart for work, exercise, and shopping for essential items pubs and restaurants have closed, Shops selling non essential Items are also closed, people have been asked to work from home where possible and mixing with other households is not allowed

People out and about Clapham, South London today after a major incident has been declared by the London Mayor due to rapid rise in Covid-19 cases England in currently in its 3rd Lockdown due to Covid 19. restrictions mean people can not leave home apart for work, exercise, and shopping for essential items pubs and restaurants have closed, Shops selling non essential Items are also closed, people have been asked to work from home where possible and mixing with other households is not allowed

People out and about Clapham, South London today after a major incident has been declared by the London Mayor due to rapid rise in Covid-19 cases England สล็อตบ้านหมา in currently in its 3rd Lockdown due to Covid 19.

restrictions mean people can not leave home apart for work, exercise, and shopping for essential items pubs and restaurants have closed, Shops selling non essential Items are also closed, people have been asked to work from home where possible and mixing with other households is not allowed

However, Prof Susan Michie said to get people to adhere to the rules, a more positive approach needed to be taken rather than stricter enforcement

However, Prof Susan Michie said to get people to adhere to the rules, a more positive approach needed to be taken rather than stricter enforcement

However, Prof Susan Michie said to get people to adhere to the rules, a more positive approach needed to be taken rather than stricter enforcement

Westminster Bridge was empty this morning after Mayor Sadiq Khan declared a major incident in London during the third Covid lockdown

Westminster Bridge was empty this morning after Mayor Sadiq Khan declared a major incident in London during the third Covid lockdown

Westminster Bridge was empty this morning after Mayor Sadiq Khan declared a major incident in London during the third Covid lockdown

Shoppers out at the Costco superstore this morning in Bushey, Herts, stocking up on food and toilet roll amid the lockdown

Shoppers out at the Costco superstore this morning in Bushey, Herts, stocking up on food and toilet roll amid the lockdown

Shoppers out at the Costco superstore this morning in Bushey, Herts, stocking up on food and toilet roll amid the lockdown

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