In the highest regular death count since May, another 492 Britons have died of Coronavirus.
As England heads towards a second national lockout, a further 25,177 individuals have tested positive, new figures suggest.
On figures reported on Tuesday as MPs voted to plunge England into lockdown from midnight on Thursday, the death toll is up another 95.
In the past week, daily coronavirus deaths have surpassed 300 on three occasions and today’s count is the highest since May 17, when the killer bug killed 500 people.
It comes after NHS England confirmed it was moving in response to the “severe situation ahead” to the highest warning stage.
Infections have risen 1.9 percent in a week, figures released today show, with government officials today revealing another 25,177 new positive tests.
When more patients need intensive care, NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens said the health service was moving to level four.
Level 4 is described by the NHS guidelines as ‘pressure continues to increase, leaving organizations unable to provide comprehensive treatment.’
“We want to try to ensure that the health service is there for everyone, minimizing the damage to the wide spectrum of treatment we offer, not only Covid, but cancer services, regular operations and mental health services,” Sir Simon said at a press conference.
Meanwhile, as MPs backed Boris Johnson’s Covid-19 restrictions to begin on Thursday, the lockdown was made official.
Compared to 38 insurgents, the latest shutdown, scheduled to end on December 2, was supported by 516 MPs.
For several weeks, cafes, restaurants and bars will have to close at midnight tonight.
Boris Johnson has stated that after December 2 he will return England to the tiered structure in which local councils have been struggling for weeks.
“The Prime Minister said in Parliament:” Of course, I can’t say exactly where the epidemiology will be by December 2, but what I can say is that the national measures … are time-limited.
“It is not because we choose to block them, that they legally expire, so whatever we do on December 2nd, this House will need a new mandate and a new vote.”
And in other Coronavirus news, the Oxford vaccine director gave a “small chance” that by Christmas a jab would be available.
“Andrew Pollard, chief investigator of the trial, told The Science and Technology Committee that he was” optimistic “about the prospect, but added:” There is a slim possibility that this might be feasible, but I just don’t know.