Another 152 Covid cases confirmed in Stoke-on-Trent as Boris Johnson warns new UK strain ‘may be more deadly’


Another 693 new coronavirus cases were recorded in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire in the latest 24-hour period.

The latest figures from Public Health England show 152 people tested positive for Covid-19 in the city, while across the rest of the county there were 541 new cases.

The new cases in Stoke-on-Trent take the city’s total since March last year to 16,100.

Making part of Staffordshire’s total, there were 67 new cases in Newcastle, 32 in the Moorlands and 94 in Stafford borough.

The total number of cases in the county since March 2020 is now at 47,465.

In neighbouring Cheshire East 157 new cases were recorded, taking its total for the pandemic to 16,824.

Across the UK, there have been 40,261 cases taking the total to 3,583,907.

There were another 1,401 deaths.

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The latest daily figures have been released as Boris Johnson today said there was ‘some evidence’ that the UK variant of coronavirus is associated with a ‘higher degree of mortality’.

Speaking at a Downing Street press conference, he said the impact of the variant was ‘largely the reason’ why the NHS was under unprecedented pressure.

He said: “I must tell you this afternoon that we’ve been informed today that in addition to spreading more quickly it also now appears that there is some evidence that the new variant, the variant that was first identified in London and the South East, may be associated with a higher degree of mortality.”

Ruby is a Senior Live News Reporter for StokeonTrentLive.

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Here are the confirmed Covid-19 cases by area as of January 22:

Stoke-on-Trent: 16,100 (up 152 from yesterday)

Newcastle borough: 7,007 (up 67 from yesterday)

Staffordshire Moorlands: 4,399 (up 32 from yesterday)

Stafford borough: 7,216 (up 94 from yesterday)

Staffordshire county (all boroughs/districts – excluding Stoke-on-Trent): 47,465 (up 541 from yesterday)

Cheshire East: 16,824 (up 157 from yesterday)





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