UK records 151 new Covid deaths in hospitals – just 14 more than last Sunday – taking the total death toll to 49,039
- Health bosses announce 151 have died in hospital from Covid-19 in daily figures
- England reported 122 deaths at the end of its first weekend of second lockdown
- Wales has 744 new infections, while Scotland has declared more than 1,100
- Conservative MPs warn Boris Johnson he faces a revolt if he extends lockdown
The UK has recorded 151 new deaths from Covid-19 in its daily figures – a rise of 14 compared to last Sunday – as the total death toll now sits at 49,039.
England recorded 122 deaths today, while Scotland announced three, while also reporting 1,115 new cases.
In Wales, 19 new deaths were reported, along with 744 new cases, as it prepares to leave its ‘firebreak’ lockdown tomorrow. Seven deaths were recorded in Northern Ireland.
Today’s figure come on the fourth day of England’s national lockdown, with Tory MPs warning Boris Johnson he will face a ‘massive revolt’ if he tries to extend it beyond December 2.
Mr Johnson has insisted it is the ‘plan’ for the England-wide curbs to come to an end at the start of next month.
But his failure to give a cast iron guarantee has spooked many Conservative MPs who believe the ‘public will not accept’ an extension of the draconian measures.
It came as Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab denied the Government had used the ‘scariest’ data possible to try to justify the national shutdown.
A slide used at Mr Johnson’s lockdown press conference last Saturday suggested there could be up to 4,000 daily deaths by next month without further action but that number and other projections were subsequently revised down.
Mr Raab insisted this morning the Government is trying to be ‘as transparent as possible’ and that when ‘mistakes’ are made or facts change then ministers respond accordingly.
Mr Raab also said ministers ‘want to get through to December 2’ and then ‘transition back to a localised approach’.