UK Covid death toll up by 206 as cases rise by 15,450

Harriet Brewis
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 (PA)
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The UK has recorded a further 15,450 coronavirus cases overnight.

This brings the total number of Covid-19 infections recorded across the country since the start of the pandemic to 1,527,495.

Another 206 fatalities from the disease were also confirmed in the past 24 hours, taking the official death toll to 55,230.

However, separate figures published by the Office for National Statistics show there have now been more than 71,000 deaths registered in the UK where the virus was mentioned on the death certificate.

In a sign of optimism, Monday’s figures mark a drop in infections by 5,279 compared to the same time a week ago – when 20,729 cases were recorded.

Meanwhile, it also emerged that a district of Kent now has the highest Covid-19 rate in the country.

Swale has now overtaken Hull as having the highest rate in England.

The seaside borough reported a rate of 631.7 cases per 100,000 people for the seven days to November 18, according to analysis by the Press Association.

This is a sharp jump from the 425.8 cases per 100,000 reported for the previous seven days.

Swale Borough Council leader Roger Truelove hit out at a minority of people in his borough who he says have been flouting the rules.

He said: “Most of the people in Swale are doing the right thing, some people are not.

“Some people are not because they have got a really quite perverse view that this should not be taken seriously, that it’s a hoax, and that we are exaggerating the problem, and some people are just not fully aware of what they should be doing.”

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