UK records 151 new Covid deaths in hospitals

The UK records 151 new Covid deaths in hospitals – just 14 more than last Sunday – bringing the death toll to 49,039

  • Health bosses announce that in daily numbers 151 have died in hospital from Covid-19
  • England reported 122 deaths at the end of its first weekend of second lockdown
  • Wales has 744 new infections while Scotland has reported more than 1,100
  • Conservative MPs warn Boris Johnson he will face a revolt if he extends the lockdown

The UK has recorded 151 new deaths from Covid-19 in its daily numbers – an increase of 14 from last Sunday – as the total death toll now stands at 49,039.

England recorded 122 deaths today while Scotland announced three and reported 1,115 new cases.

19 new deaths have been reported in Wales, along with 744 new cases as the company prepares to end its "fire safety" lockdown tomorrow.

Seven deaths have been recorded in Northern Ireland and an additional 420 cases.

Today's number comes on the fourth day of England's national lockdown. Tory MPs warn Boris Johnson that he will face a "massive riot" if he tries to extend it past December 2nd.

Actions have been taken that followed dire predictions that the number of deaths could rise to 1,000 a day by December. However, the weekly numbers only increased 14 compared to last Sunday when 137 deaths were recorded.

Mr Johnson has insisted that the "plan" is for the English curbs to end early next month.

Boris Johnson faces a growing Tory revolt over the government's national coronavirus lockdown

But his failure to provide a cast-iron guarantee has shocked many Conservative MPs who believe the "public" will not accept an extension of the draconian measures.

It came when Foreign Minister Dominic Raab denied the government had used the "scariest" data to try to justify the national shutdown.

A slide used at Mr Johnson's press conference last Saturday suggested that there could be up to 4,000 deaths a day by next month without further action. However, that number and other predictions were later revised downwards.

Mr Raab insisted this morning that the government try to be "as transparent as possible" and that ministers react accordingly when "mistakes" are made or the facts change.

Mr Raab also said ministers want to "get through by December 2nd" and then "return to a localized approach".

The Prime Minister's final lockdown, which went into effect Thursday, sailed through the House of Commons with 516 votes to 38 last week as 34 Tories rebelled.

Conservative backers now believe that more than 80 Tories are likely to revolt if Mr Johnson tries to maintain restrictions.

The rules underlying the new lockdown expire on December 2nd and MPs will receive a vote on what happens next.

There are concerns that if the infection rates are still high, the PM may be forced to extend the lockdown.

The government is facing a growing Tory backlash when it comes to handling the coronavirus response. MPs are especially angry with the data Downing Street is using to justify the shutdown.

A key slide predicted daily deaths could reach 1,500 by December but was later reduced to a high of 1,000 daily deaths.

Mr Raab was asked this morning by Sophy Ridge on Sky News whether the nation's government is showing the "scariest" data possible for people to accept the restrictions are necessary.

He replied, “No, look, we're showing models that show what can happen when certain scenarios take place.

"We have corrected the slide you were referring to and the plethora of scientific information that emerges. We try to be as transparent as possible."

Elsewhere today, UK ports began turning away truck drivers who had traveled through Denmark following an outbreak of a Covid-19 mutation on mink farms in the country.

Visitors and cargo will be turned away from the UK while returning UK citizens will be asked to self-isolate with their families.

The Danish government ordered a cull of 17 million minks after warnings that a mutation in the virus – which is less sensitive to an attack by Covid-19 antibodies – jumped from mink to human and infected 12 people.

The coronavirus has spread from mink to humans in hundreds of cases – but the mutant strain is limited to just 12 infections. Scientists fear that this low number could mark the beginning of a "new pandemic that is starting again, this time from Denmark".

Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said this could pose a "risk to the effectiveness" of a highly anticipated future Covid-19 vaccine as the antibodies provided by the bite may not be effective enough.

Mr Raab told Sky News the decision to impose travel restrictions on the country was a "precautionary measure".