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The number of UK coronavirus hospital deaths has risen by 391 in the highest Saturday increase since May.

In England's hospitals a further 316 have died of coronavirus, Scotland recorded another 37 deaths, in Wales the death toll rose by 28, and in Northern Ireland a further 10 deaths have sadly been recorded.

The total number of deaths was the highest Saturday increase since May 2 when 469 deaths were reported.

Last Saturday, November 14, the death toll increased by 370. On the previous Saturday, November 7, there were 366 fatalities recorded.

Yesterday the coronavirus death toll in the UK's hospitals increased by 401.

NHS England said 326 people had died in its hospitals including two people aged between 20 and 39.

Health authorities in Scotland said 32 people died there, while Wales recorded 31 patient deaths. Northern Ireland registered 12 fatalities yesterday.

The coronavirus death toll has risen sharply today
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Scotland has recorded 37 deaths from coronavirus and 887 positive tests in the past 24 hours, according to the Scottish Government.

New figures published show the death toll under this measure – of people who first tested positive for the virus within the previous 28 days – has risen to 3,466.

The daily test positivity rate is 5.9%, up from 4.8% on the previous day.

A total of 87,247 people have now tested positive in Scotland, up from 86,630.

Of the new cases, 234 are in Greater Glasgow and Clyde, 246 in Lanarkshire, and 140 in Lothian.

There are 1,193 people in hospital confirmed to have the virus, down by 41 in 24 hours.

Of these patients, 100 are in intensive care, up by 12.

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A further 10 people with Covid-19 have died in Northern Ireland, the Department of Health has said.

The death toll recorded by the department now stands at 923.

There were also another 357 confirmed cases of the virus recorded in the last 24-hour reporting period.

A total of 49,442 people have tested positive for Covid-19 in Northern Ireland since the pandemic began.

The death toll has increased in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
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Yesterday Health Secretary Matt Hancock told the No 10 briefing he was “more and more con­­fident” of a re­­­­-turn to normality by spring”.

The news came on the day Gov­­ernment advisers said the outbreak may finally be shrinking.

The R rate – the number of people each new case infects – is now between 1 and 1.1, down from between 1 and 1.2 the previous week.

It emerged that a coronavirus jab could be available to everyone by early April, ­signalling a return to normality.

An NHS plan shows all age groups may start to get the vaccine by the end of January if supplies are ready.

It relies on Government pulling off an unprecedented logistical effort.

NHS England’s planning document assumes a 75% uptake of vac­­cine and says up to five million will get the jab every week.

A coronavirus jab could be available to everyone by April
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Two doses will be needed 28 days apart.

The document says care home residents, social care workers and healthcare workers will be first in the queue from the beginning of next month.

Over-80s could start getting the jab from mid-December then the 70-79 group from late Dec­­ember.

In early Jan­­uary it would be the turn of 65 to 69 year olds and all high and mod­­erate risk under 65s.

The 50 to 64-year-olds will get the jab from mid-January with 18 to 49s following from late January to March.