The number of coronavirus deaths in the UK has increased by 981 – a record daily toll during the second wave of the pandemic.
A staggering 50,023 new Covid-19 cases and 981 deaths were confirmed nationwide in the latest 24-hour update.
It is the highest daily figure reported since April 24, when 1,010 deaths were reported.
Latest Public Health England figures show there have been 358 confirmed cases in the county in the last 24 hours.
And there were 87 cases confirmed in Stoke-on-Trent.
Since the start of the pandemic, there have been a total of 12,667 confirmed cases in Stoke-on-Trent, 34,256 in Staffordshire and 11,943 in Cheshire East.
It comes as all three regions will move into Tier 4 from tomorrow.
A total of 44 million people will now be in Tier 4, or 78% of the population of England.
And a total of 12 million people will be in Tier 3 from Thursday, or 22% of the population of England.
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Here are the confirmed Covid-19 cases by area as of December 30:
- Stoke-on-Trent: 12,667 (up 87 from yesterday)
- Newcastle borough: 5,639 (up 36 from yesterday)
- Staffordshire Moorlands : 3,547 (up 29 from yesterday)
- Stafford borough: 5,257 (up 46 from yesterday)
Staffordshire county (all boroughs/districts – excluding Stoke-on-Trent): 34,256 (up 358 from yesterday)
- Cheshire East: 11,943 (up 286 from yesterday)