London, December 6: A further 15,539 people in the UK tested positive for COVID-19, meaning the total number of coronavirus cases in the country is 1,705,971, according to official figures.
The number of coronavirus-related deaths in the UK rose by 397 to 61,014, Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday.
These figures came as UK chiefs of doctors warned Saturday that the coming winter would be “particularly hard” for health services due to the coronavirus, despite hopes brought by vaccines.
“While the very welcome news on vaccines means we can expect 2021 with greater optimism, the introduction of vaccines will have only a marginal impact on reducing the number of people reporting to health care with COVID in the next three months,” said England Chief Medical Officer , Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland wrote to colleagues.
Experts called on the public to show restraint and self-discipline, especially in the run-up to Christmas.
England is now covered by the new three-tier coronavirus restriction regime, which replaced a month-long nationwide lockdown in England that ended on Wednesday.
The new system will allow stores to reopen across England, providing a festive bonanza for the troubled retail sector, but all bars and restaurants in Level 3’s toughest areas will remain closed. The system placed around 98 percent of England in the top tiers 2 and 3.
However, between 23 and 27 December, a maximum of three different households may meet at a private home, place of worship, or outdoors in public places.
To restore normal life, countries like the UK, China, Germany, Russia and the United States are racing against time to develop vaccines for the coronavirus.
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