The latest figures for UK coronavirus deaths and new cases have been confirmed by the Government (Picture: Metro.co.uk)
Another 210 people with coronavirus have died in the UK while 34,693 new cases have been diagnosed in the latest 24 hour period.
The Boxing Day figures come after the UK officially passed 70,000 deaths since the start of the pandemic on Christmas Day, although some experts put the total death toll far higher.
There were 32,725 new cases reported yesterday and 27,052 last Saturday. The country’s seven day average is up by 78,524 or 45.3%.
The Department of Health figures cover deaths in all settings including care homes and the wider community.
NHS England figures have also been updated covering deaths solely in hospitals. These show a further 161 people who tested positive for coronavirus died in hospital in England between December 17 and 25.
This brings the total number of confirmed deaths reported in hospitals to 48,311. Patients were aged between 44 and 100. All except eight, aged between 64 and 94, had known underlying health conditions.
Wales saw a further 2,237 new cases, giving a total of 135,500 and 35 new deaths reported, giving a total of 3,298.
Meanwhile, Scotland saw 1,149 new cases reported, giving a total of 119,184 but no new deaths reported meaning the total remains at 4,416.
Graph showing the number of new cases recorded today (Picture: Metro.co.uk)
Cars make their way past a sign on the M3 motorway close to Winchester in Hampshire – one of the areas that entered tier four today (Picture: PA)
The Department of Health in Northern Ireland is not updating the figures over Christmas but tweeted earlier that 998 people have tested positive for Covid-19 in the past 48 hours. A further 20 deaths have also been reported.
It comes after millions more people across the country woke up in tier four as efforts to stop the spread of a mutant strain of the virus continue.
Around six million people across the east and south east of England are now being told to stay at home, except for essential journeys.
The majority of shops have also been closed in these areas, further damaging retailers in what would have been the post-Christmas sales.
Shoppers hit the stores in Nottingham for the Boxing Day sales. The city remains in tier three so essential shops are allowed to open (Picture: SWNS)
Oxford Street in London was unusually quiet on Boxing Day as all non-essential shops are closed (Picture: EPA)
Further lockdown measures have also come into place in Northern Ireland after fears were raised mixing of families at Christmas would cause a spike in cases in the new year.
The first week of the planned six week lockdown will see some of the toughest measures introduced yet including an 8pm curfew during which all indoor and outdoor gatherings will be prohibited until 6am.
Meanwhile Spain and Sweden have confirmed the new strain of Covid-19 that was first discovered in the UK has spread across the borders, despite strict travel bans that were introduced in the last week.
Both countries have confirmed cases among travellers who arrived in recent days.
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