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  • 10 months into the pandemic, the UK has passed another grim milestone, with the number of people dying within 28 days of a positive covert 19 test now over 80,000.

  • The figure was released to scientists advising.

  • The government warned of the need for even stricter locked down measures than in March.

  • Because the new variant of the virus is much more infectious, a za vaccine continues to be rolled out for vulnerable groups.

  • Buckingham Palace made it publicly known that the queen and Prince Philip have bean vaccinated.

  • Here's our health correspondent Catherine DaCosta 123 Another dark day in this pandemic and still the pressure builds for those on the frontline.

  • Hospitals across the country are treating 50% Mork over patients now than during the first peak in April.

  • On with 4000 new admissions today, NHS staff say this year's winter pressure is off the charts.

  • It really is unprecedented, um, in terms of the numbers of patients that require intensive care being put on a ventilator at one time.

  • Andi, most hospitals have reached have expanded their intensive care capacity to somewhere in the region of three times their normal capacity.

  • Some trusts are urgently trying to discharge patients to free up extra beds.

  • This hotel in South London's working with King's College Hospital, providing a stopgap for homeless or vulnerable patients while they wait for emergency housing Once more, we must all stay home a simple, clear message in this new government campaign, reinforcing just how critical it is to keep your distance.

  • Wear a mask, wash your hands on ventilate indoor spaces.

  • Because even with the UK wide lockdowns, experts warn, the new variants spreads more easily, which is likely to make the virus much harder to control the sorts of transmission that perhaps we were seeing during lockdowns last year.

  • Uh, that level of transmission will now be 40 or 50% higher, so we're gonna have to work that much harder to achieve the same effect.

  • So the race is on to protect the most vulnerable this the home of Bristol City Football Club, now one of seven mass covert vaccination centers in England.

  • From Monday, trained volunteers will begin offering immunizations, joining hundreds of GP sites and hospital hubs around the country.

  • They have been working genuinely day and night, and they're working all three weekends as well to make sure that their populations get vaccinated.

  • And it's not like flu clinics.

  • This has been hugely complex today.

  • The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, both in their nineties, received their first doses at Windsor Castle.

  • Vaccinations will eventually help to relieve pressure on the health service.

  • But with new infections still at record levels, hospital admissions and death are expected to continue rising for several weeks to come.

  • Catherine DaCosta, BBC News Well, let's look now at the latest government figures in detail, there were 59,937 new coronavirus cases recorded in the latest 24 hour period.

  • The average number of new cases reported per day in the last week is now 59,660.

  • There were, on average, 29,630 covert 19 patients in hospital.

  • In the last week on, there were 1000 and 35 deaths.

  • That's people who died within 28 days of a positive covert 19 test.

  • It means on average, In the past week, 894 deaths were announced.

  • Every day on it takes the total number of deaths so far across the UK toe 80,868.

  • Under the national lock down, people in England must stay at home and only go out for essential reasons.

  • On there are similar measures in place across most of Scotland, in Wales on din, Northern Ireland.

  • But the guidance in England has come under scrutiny as Darvish, a police, said they would review their decision to issue £200 fines to two women who drove five miles for a walk.

  • John Johnson reports the pandemic maybe yet to peak.

  • But on a beautiful winter's day, London's parks were busy a stroll in a coffee as good as entertainment gets for many in these challenging times.

  • But is the government's message to stay home being heard?

  • It does feel very different to the first lock down, where everything was sort of closed and quiet.

  • So I think in general it feels the vibe is different.

  • I think people are kind of a little bit over it now.

  • I don't know.

  • That's what that's what I feel like.

  • I get the vibe that it's it's less restrictive.

  • I'm happy with that, and I know it's for the better for the good off the population.

  • I'm not sure what more they could restrict from people's lives realistically, but are even tougher restrictions needed, some scientists say the vast majority of people are actually sticking to the rules.

  • The problem, they say, is that the lock down is still too lax in particular.

  • Too many people, they say, are categorized as critical workers, meaning schools on public transport are still busy.

  • In Snowdonia, hikers have been turned away after the authorities closed the car parks.

  • UK government sources say there will be more focused on getting the police to enforce existing locked down restrictions.

  • But some scientists, including those advising the government, say it's the wrong approach.

  • They're not providing the kind of support that's needed for people to feel that they're able to do the sorts of things that the government is now saying, Well, we're going to punish you if you don't do it, so they've got it all the wrong way around.

  • It's really much, much more about support, and in a long winter, with things almost certain to get worse before they get better, people may well need it.

  • John Dunnison, BBC News political correspondent Ian Watson, is here with me and Ian Downing Street is going to try to reinforce this.

  • Stay at home message isn't in the coming days.

  • It is because the prime minister certainly thinks that recently the situation is more serious, more stark.

  • That was in the spring, during the first lock down, and we've just heard.

  • Of course, more than 80,000 people have died, but also actually at the number of people have had.

  • A positive covert test has now exceeded three million since the pandemic begun.

  • That basically demonstrate isn't looking to oppose more restrictions despite what some scientists are calling for, but they are worried about compliance.

  • So, yes, we're gonna goes public campaigns reinforcing state home message.

  • But it is also going to be a tougher line on enforcement tonight, the home secretary, Pretty Patel, said the police will not hesitate toe act against rule breakers.

  • I'm talking.

  • What you're actually looking for them to do is to move much more quickly from engaging with the public, were explaining toe, actually issuing fines, issuing penalties, but have no new powers for the police.

  • They won't be allowed to, for example, enter people's homes.

  • There's still some confusion over exactly what you can and can't do.

  • So, for example, government guidance would say that you can travel a short distance if necessary for exercise.

  • But this is not written into law.

  • There is no precise definition in law, and some rank and file police officers today have been calling for far more clarity.

  • Okay, Ian, many thanks our political correspondent, Ian Watson there.

10 months into the pandemic, the UK has passed another grim milestone, with the number of people dying within 28 days of a positive covert 19 test now over 80,000.

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