Live Covid updates after UK sees worst death toll in one day

The UK reported the highest number of UK deaths in a single day since the outbreak began.

Public Health England announced Tuesday that an additional 1,610 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19. This is the highest number of deaths in the UK reported in a single day since the pandemic began.

It found that about one in eight people in England would have tested positive for antibodies to Covid-19 by December last year, up from one in 14 in October, new figures show.

Antibody data on infection in private households suggests that one in 10 in Wales was also infected by December, one in 13 in Northern Ireland and one in 11 in Scotland.

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The numbers come from the Covid-19 infection survey by the Office for National Statistic in collaboration with Oxford University, Manchester University, Public Health England and Wellcome Trust.

They are based on the proportion of the population likely to test positive for antibodies to Covid-19 based on blood test results from a sample of people aged 16 and over, but do not reflect everyone who has had coronavirus and do not take into account that the antibodies are involved slack off with time.

The ONS found “significant differences” between regions in England. It is estimated that 17 percent of people in private households in Yorkshire and Humber tested positive for antibodies in December, compared with 5 percent in the south-west of England.

In London it was 16 percent in December, up from 11 percent in October, while in the North West it was 15 percent, up from 6 percent in October.

In the West Midlands, 14 percent had Covid, up from 8 percent in October, while 8 percent in the southeast and east of England had the virus, both up from 5 percent in October. Read more here.

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