UK records 56 further COVID-related deaths and 29,173 cases
Written by Hit Music Radio News on 12/09/2021
A further 56 COVID-related deaths and 29,173 cases have been reported in the UK, the latest government figures show.
The figures are down from the 68 deaths and 37,011 cases recorded last Sunday. Yesterday, the UK recorded 156 COVID deaths and 29,547 cases.
Infection rates have remained level in England but increased in Wales and Scotland (and were uncertain in Northern Ireland), the latest Office for National Statistics figures suggested earlier this week.
Rates have skyrocketed in Scotland – where schools reopen earlier than the rest of the UK – and there are fears a return to the classroom could push up infections across the rest of the nations.
Earlier today, Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon told Sky News that the nation had seen a spike in cases but said: “We think we’re seeing that spike level off and stabilise.”
She went on to urge people to comply with regulations and get a coronavirus jab, saying that was the “most important thing” any of us could do to keep ourselves and others safe ahead of a “challenging and difficult winter period”.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to outline the next steps in the pandemic response next week as he aims to avoid another winter of lockdowns against a backdrop of high COVID-19 cases, the return of flu season and extra pressures on the NHS.
© Sky News 2020