The number of coronavirus cases across the UK has risen by a new record high of more than 50,000 with 680 of the positive tests in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire.
A staggering 53,135 new Covid-19 cases and 414 deaths were confirmed nationwide in the latest 24-hour update.
The new number of cases is more than 10,000 higher than yesterday’s recorded 41,385 which was the highest since the pandemic began until today.
Latest Public Health England figures show there have been 558 confirmed cases in the county in the last 24 hours.
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There were 122 cases confirmed in Stoke-on-Trent, but it is too early to see whether the Government’s decision to allow up to three families to mix indoors on Christmas Day has had any impact on infection rates.
Since the start of the pandemic, there have been a total of 12,580 confirmed cases in Stoke-on-Trent, 33,898 in Staffordshire and 11,757 in Cheshire East.
Tomorrow Matt Hancock will announce changes to the country’s coronavirus tiers in the House of Commons.
The Health Secretary will reveal whether restrictions in local areas are being ramped up or eased for the final time in 2020.
It is believed Boris Johnson will also discuss plans to keep schools shut for an extra week, over fears the new strain of Covid-19 will spread through pupils.
Here are the confirmed Covid-19 cases by area as of December 29:
- Stoke-on-Trent: 12,580 (up 122 from yesterday)
- Newcastle borough: 5,603 (up 107 from yesterday)
- Staffordshire Moorlands : 3,518 (up 35 from yesterday)
- Stafford borough: 5,211 (up 68 from yesterday)
Staffordshire county (all boroughs/districts – excluding Stoke-on-Trent): 33,898 (up 558 from yesterday)
- Cheshire East: 11,757 (up 243 from yesterday)