UK hits grim record with 1,325 Covid deaths today as cases rise by 68,053

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UK coronavirus death toll increases by 1,325

Today’s daily increase is 101 deaths higher than the previous record of 1,224 on April 21. The number of cases also rose by 68,053 taking the total to 2,957,472. The rising numbers are in part stimulated by the new strain of the COVID-19 which has hit the South East and London.

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Such is the dire situation in London that Mayor, Sadiq Khan has declared a major incident.

Not only did the Mayor announced a major incident but some NHS trusts in the capital are now reporting that they are close to full capacity.

On January 7, the total number of coronavirus cases rose to 463,539.

The week ending January 2 saw 92,833 cases of the virus in London at a rate of 1,036 per 100,000 people.

UK hits grim record with 1,325 Covid deaths today as cases rise by 68,053

Covid UK deaths: latest stats as UK battles second wave in pandemic (Image: GETTY)

UK hits grim record with 1,325 Covid deaths today as cases rise by 68,053

Coronavirus: Hospitals are now being overwhelmed (Image: PA)

In contrast, England as a whole saw an infection rate of 612 per 100,000 for the same period.

Due to the rising case levels, the UK Government has now indicated the secondhand infection rate is between 1 to 1.4.

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The R-rate needs to be below one in order to control the virus.

Hospitalisations across the UK has risen by 3,867 with 31,624 patients currently in hospital.

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UK hits grim record with 1,325 Covid deaths today as cases rise by 68,053

Coronavirus: The UK has reported the highest daily rise in deaths (Image: GETTY)

Commenting on the situation in London, Mr Khan said: “This is serious.

“More people are getting sick at a frightening speed.

“The number of people in hospital this month is higher than during the peak in April last year, putting unprecedented strain on our doctors and nurses.

“People’s lives are on the line. Please, stay at home.”

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