The Authorities stated an extra 570 died inside 28 days of testing optimistic for the virus as of Christmas Day, whereas there have been an extra 32,725 lab-confirmed instances of coronavirus within the UK.
The newest coronavirus figures for England hospitals are in:
An additional 161 individuals who examined optimistic for coronavirus have died in hospital in England, bringing the overall variety of confirmed deaths reported in hospitals to 48,311, NHS England stated on Saturday.
Sufferers had been aged between 44 and 100. All besides eight, aged between 64 and 94, had identified underlying well being situations.
The deaths had been between December 17 and 25.
There have been six different deaths reported with no optimistic Covid-19 check outcome.
Small-scale Boxing Day hunts go forward regardless of coronavirus restrictions
Whereas the exercise on Saturday noticed diminished participation and city centre parades cancelled, it drew some criticism for going forward in any respect as tens of millions confronted more durable Tier 4 measures in England.
Labour criticised the Authorities for permitting hunts, saying the choice demonstrated “one rule for the Conservatives and their mates, one other for everyone else”.
Professional-hunting group Countryside Alliance stated the custom was suspended in Tier 4 areas, whereas the variety of packs of hounds had been diminished and members of the general public had been pressured to avoid Boxing Day meets, the place hunters and spectators collect earlier than or after path looking.
Polly Portwin, Countryside Alliance’s head of looking, stated: “Like different out of doors sporting actions, looking has been in a position to proceed right this moment in a Covid-secure method, providing those that have been in a position to take part a possibility to benefit from the countryside.
“We hope that each one hunts will have the ability to meet in villages and city centres once more on Boxing Day in 2021 and have the ability to welcome the tens of 1000’s of supporters for whom this occasion is an integral a part of their annual festivities.”
Greater than 15,000 lorry drivers have now been examined for coronavirus
The backlog on the testing web site at Manston Airport had cleared by Boxing Day morning, the Transport Secretary stated.
Grant Shapps tweeted: “Replace on Kent lorry state of affairs: 15,526 #Coronavirus assessments now carried out. Simply 36 optimistic outcomes, that are being verified (0.23%). Manston now empty and lorries ought to now not head there please.”
The newest coronavirus figures for Wales are in:
There have been an extra 2,237 instances of coronavirus in Wales, taking the overall variety of confirmed instances to 135,500.
Public Well being Wales reported one other 35 deaths, taking the overall in Wales because the begin of the pandemic to three,298.
Officers stated the info was for a 24-hour interval as much as 9am on Christmas Eve.
First batch of coronavirus vaccine arriving in Eire
The primary supply of 10,000 doses of the coronavirus vaccine arrived in Eire on St Stephen’s Day.
The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is the primary to be authorized to be used in Eire by the European Medicines Company.
Well being Minister Stephen Donnelly stated that vaccinations will start in 4 days.
The Minister posted an image on Twitter of himself standing subsequent to the ultra-low temperature fridges wanted to retailer the vaccine.
An estimated ‘£2.7 billion will probably be spent by UK buyers on Boxing Day’
Every shopper plans to spend a median of £162 on-line, in keeping with analysis from Barclaycard, which sees almost half of the nation’s credit score and debit card transactions.
That is down from final yr’s projection that one in 4 adults had been anticipated to benefit from Boxing Day gross sales, spending a median of £186 every and a complete of £3.7 billion.
Rob Cameron, CEO of Barclaycard Funds, stated: “The Boxing Day and post-Christmas gross sales are much-loved British traditions and, following a troublesome yr, retailers will probably be inspired to see that buyers are feeling beneficiant this festive season.
“Whereas excessive avenue footfall will probably be down, we’re optimistic that an internet purchasing increase will give retailers a much-needed uplift as they head into the brand new yr.”
In-store gross sales will probably be severely impacted by coronavirus restrictions on Boxing Day, however Barclaycard stated there are indications extra individuals did their gross sales purchasing on-line on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day as a result of a socially quieter festive interval this yr.
Some 24 per cent of the two,000 adults surveyed by the financial institution in December stated they deliberate to start out gross sales purchasing on Christmas Eve – up from 21 per cent final yr – and 17 per cent stated they might be purchasing on Christmas Day – in contrast with 14 per cent who stated the identical final yr.
Consumers in decrease tier zones begin queueing for bargains within the early hours of the morning
Whereas Tier 4 restrictions imply outlets in lots of metropolis centres across the UK have been closed for the primary time in a long time on Boxing Day, buyers in decrease tier zones started queueing for bargains within the early hours of the morning.
Round 200 individuals had fashioned a socially-distanced queue by 5.50am exterior Subsequent in Leicester, which is below Tier 3 restrictions.
Boxing Day spending is predicted to fall by greater than 1 / 4 in contrast with final yr, as a part of a downward development in recent times and because of the affect of coronavirus restrictions.
Footfall for Boxing Day purchasing is down 57% within the UK as much as 10am in contrast with final yr
Diane Wehrle, insights director at Springboard, stated: “It’s not going to be regular within the slightest. That’s often because a lot of the nation is below Tier 4 restrictions, which goes to severely affect Boxing Day gross sales and push individuals on-line.
“However there’s a little bit of consolation shopping for coming into play, as a result of individuals can’t exit, which is sweet for retailers.
“The issue is, for almost all of shops, the gross sales they get on-line are a lot smaller than what they get in-store.”
Boxing Day gross sales have declined over the previous decade, and when requested whether it is nonetheless an vital buying and selling day, Ms Wehrle added: “Boxing Day has turn into a unique buying and selling day in recent times – city centres 30 to 40 years in the past had been predominantly retail, whereas extra not too long ago there was a growth in leisure and eating.
“So Boxing Day purchasing has turn into a possibility to exit and socialise – when buyers do exit, they go later they make rather more of a leisure day of it, so it’s nonetheless fairly an vital day within the calendar, and we count on extra gross sales will come later within the day.”
France confirms first case of latest Covid-19 variant
The case is a French nationwide dwelling within the UK who left London for the central city of Excursions on December 19, the French well being ministry stated.
Worries over aged ‘connectivity disaster’ as libraries set to shut in Scotland
Below new coronavirus restrictions as a result of come into power on Boxing Day, libraries and different public buildings will shut throughout mainland Scotland as Stage 4 measures are put in place.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon final week introduced the change, which was in response to a brand new, extra transmissible pressure of Covid-19 being found within the UK.
However Labour native authorities spokeswoman Sarah Boyack has raised considerations about how the brand new measures will hit aged individuals, significantly round their means to entry computer systems and different digital companies.
Older individuals minister Christina McKelvie stated social isolation and loneliness created by the pandemic is “a matter of significant concern” for the Scottish Authorities.