Today’s figures of total deaths in all settings compare to 964 deaths last Thursday (Image: PA)
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The UK's coronavirus death toll has risen 1,162 over the last 24 hours, a record increase since the first wave in April.
It marks the second largest single-day increase in recorded deaths during the course of the pandemic, with only April 21 seeing a higher figure of 1,224 deaths.
Cases have risen by 52,618 as the country remains in the grip of the devastating spike in infections.
Today's figures of total deaths in all settings compare to 964 deaths last Thursday.
Earlier today, figures revealed a total of 819 people have died from coronavirus at hospitals.
The NHS has announced 661 new fatalities in England, 78 in Scotland, 63 in Wales and 17 in Northern Ireland.
Today's increase in hospital deaths is the biggest Thursday rise since April 16 – when 870 fatalities were announced.
Today's figures of total deaths in all settings compare to 964 deaths last Thursday
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It comes as droves of people scrambled to get their coronavirus jabs this morning as the country launched a mass rollout of the much-anticipated vaccine.
A mass inoculation of the Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine began today as hospitals across the country face rising numbers of seriously ill patients.
The vaccines are being delivered to sites all over the UK after the Government committed to offering the vaccine to more than 13 million people in the top four priority groups by mid-February.
NHS trusts in London are on the verge of being overwhelmed, according to leaked health service documents, while other trusts are rapidly turning normal wards into intensive care units (ICUs).
It marks the second largest single-day increase in recorded deaths
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There have also been reports that dozens of people have failed to turn up for their jab slots for the Pfizer vaccine.
Figures have today also revealed that coronavirus rates are up across all age groups – although highest for those in their 20s in England as infections soar in every region of the country, new figures show.
The highest rate – 842.5 cases per 100,000 people – seen in those aged 20 to 29, said Public Health England in its latest weekly Covid-19 surveillance report.
It is up from 603.6 the previous week.
London has the highest rate – 904.8 – in the seven days to January 3, up from 864.6, amid the spread of a new, more infectious variant of the disease.
The West Midlands has seen the highest increase with 530.2 new cases per 100,000 people compared with 292.6 the previous week.
The report also revealed that the rate of hospital admissions has climbed from 21.51 to 27.6 in a week as NHS hospitals treat a record number of Covid-19 patients.
Hospital admission rates for coronavirus have increased in all regions and London is the highest with a rate of 43.38.