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UK coronavirus live: one in 85 now has Covid in England, ONS suggests, but R marginally down


Rate of increase of new infections in England continues to slow, ONS survey suggests; R number moves between 1 and 1.2 for the UK

1.04pm GMT

And here are some more lines from the Downing Street lobby briefing.

From Monday we are launching testing pilots across 30 care homes. That will be using various PCR tests and the new lateral flow tests to allow specific families and friends to undertake indoor visits to residents.

In terms of where we are, as I’ve said consistently this week, the negotiating teams are working very hard to try to bridge the significant gaps between us.

For our part we continue to seek solutions that fully respect UK sovereignty but the familiar difficult issues remain including on the so-called level playing field and fisheries.

Time is in very short supply. The transition period will end on December 31, there is no doubt about that whatsoever.

12.56pm GMT

The Welsh health minister, Vaughan Gething, has said there are “positive but early signs” that coronavirus rates are starting to fall.

He said it was still too soon for the full impact of the Welsh 17-day firebreak to be felt but flagged up sharp falls in areas that had been hard hit such as Merthyr Tydfil in south Wales and Wrexham in the north.

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