UK coronavirus deaths rise by 156 as more than 20,000 new cases recorded


further 156 Covid-19 deaths have been recorded as of 9am on Sunday along with 20,572 new cases.

There has now been 2,327 coronavirus deaths in the past seven days.

The latest R number is estimated at between 1.1 to 1.3.

Crucially the R number needs to be below one for cases to decline.

It comes as the First Minister of Wales has urged the Government to make good on its promise for the four nations to meet and discuss a single approach to Christmas.

First Minister Mark Drakeford said Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove had promised a four-nation meeting this coming week so that country leaders can “pool ideas, plan together and have a common approach to the Christmas period”.

<p>Wales is preparing to come out of lockdown</p>

Wales is preparing to come out of lockdown

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His comments come as Wales prepares to come out of a 17-day firebreak lockdown on Monday, while England continues in its month-long lockdown which ends at the start of December.

Meanwhile, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has responded to the Government amending a slide which showed there could be up to 4,000 deaths a day linked to coronavirus by next month.

Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter, statistician and chairman of the Winton Centre for risk and evidence communication at the University of Cambridge, had previously described the data which was shared with the public to justify a second lockdown in England as a “mess”.


Dominic Raab defended the Government’s use of data


Asked whether the Government is presenting “the scariest data” on Covid-19, Mr Raab told Sky: “No, look, we showed models which show what could happen if certain scenarios play out.

“We corrected the slide you referred to and it was the wealth of scientific information that comes forward… we tried to be as transparent as possible.”

He added that “mistakes are made or facts have to be changed, but that is the point of transparency”.

On banning foreign visitors from Denmark from entering the UK, Mr Raab was confident it was the right step and described it as a “common sense measure”.

Denmark was removed from the Government’s list of travel corridors due to widespread outbreaks of Covid-19 in its mink farms.

It led to the Government announcing a ban on foreign visitors from the country.


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