Coronavirus updates as UK heads into 2021 with record case numbers

While we all wake up to a New Year, the problems related to the coronavirus pandemic remain the same with a record 55,892 new cases on New Year’s Eve.

There were also another 964 people who died after testing positive for Covid-19.

It comes after 44 million people were ordered to “stay home” and see the New Year under Tier 4 restrictions – even though Hull stayed in Tier 3.

Matt Hancock plunged more areas into the toughest restrictions in an animal review on Wednesday.

This means three quarters of England are in Tier 4 as of today.

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Most of England is subject to either Tier 3 or Tier 4 restrictions, including Hull and East Riding, which will stay in Tier 3 from New Years Eve.

Another seven Covid-positive patients have been confirmed to have died in Hull’s hospitals, while there were an additional 170 daily cases in East Yorkshire.

Meanwhile, medical chiefs have defended the decision to change the vaccination schedule to give more people the Pfizer push by delaying the second dose with an interval of 12 weeks.

They say it is “preferable” to give more people the first dose faster than giving the second dose to fewer people faster.

The government said an additional 964 people died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 on Thursday, bringing the UK total to 73,512.

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