UK coronavirus daily death toll drops to 205 as infections continue downward trend

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The coronavirus death toll in the UK has risen by 205 with 12,330 more cases recorded.

A week ago, the number of cases increased by 15,450, which shows there has been a downward trend since last Monday.

The death toll last Monday, November 23, had increased by 206.

This afternoon's official government figures bring the total number of cases to 1,629,657 and the total death toll is now 58,448.

Today the UK's coronavirus hospital death toll has increased by 199 amid a study that found infections have dropped by almost a third in England during the lockdown.

England reported 183 fatalities, Northern Ireland had 10 and Scotland and Wales both recorded three to bring the UK hospital total to 47,399.

Tolls on Mondays tend to be lower due to a weekend lag in reporting fatalities.

Yesterday a further 215 people died of Covid-19 in the UK.

The country's toll of people who have died within 28 days of a positive reached 58,245.

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The deaths added to the total on Sunday were 45% less than the previous Sunday, when 398 people died.

An additional 12,155 cases were recorded, which brought the pandemic tally to 1,617,327.

The latest figures come as it was announced that pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes across Wales will not be able to serve alcohol and must close at 6pm in new restrictions which come into force on Friday.

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First Minister Mark Drakeford told a Welsh Government press conference that coronavirus was "accelerating across Wales" and the gains achieved during the country's 17-day firebreak lockdown were being eroded.

He said that unless action was taken now, the number of people with coronavirus in Welsh hospitals could reach 2,200 by January 12.

"From 6pm on Friday, our national measures will be amended to introduce new restrictions for hospitality and indoor entertainment attractions," Mr Drakeford said.

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"Pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes will have to close by 6pm and will not be allowed to serve alcohol.

"After 6pm they will only be able to provide takeaway services.

"From the same date, indoor entertainment venues, including cinemas, bingo halls, bowling alleys, soft play centres, casinos, skating rinks and amusement arcades, must close."

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