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Breaking News ! The latest figures reveal that more than 83,000 people in Britain have died with coronavirus since the start of the pandemic. Grim statistics also revealed that the total number of people who have tested positive for the disease has now passed three million - with 3,164,051 lab-confirmed cases since March. But separate figures published by the UK’s statistics agencies for deaths where Covid-19 has been mentioned on the death certificate suggest there have been almost 100,000 deaths. Together with additional data on deaths that have occurred in recent days, figures show there have now been 99,000 deaths involving Covid-19 in the UK. It comes as the government said on Tuesday a further 1,243 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19, bringing the UK total to 83,203. As of 9am yesterday, there had been a further 45,533 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK. On Wednesday morning, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said coronavirus lockdown restrictions will remain in place in England for as “long as they are necessary”. Read More Related Articles North West Ambulance Service moves to highest alert level as it experiences 'extreme pressure' Read More Related Articles Free schools meal company Chartwell apologises over 'disgraceful' food parcels He said it was “impossible to know” when restrictions could be eased. “We will keep the restrictions in place not a moment longer than they are necessary, but we will keep them in place as long as they are necessary,” he said. “These measures that we have got in place that we hope to be able to lift, and we should be able to lift when we have been able to protect through vaccination those who are vulnerable – right now the vaccination is not in a position to do that.” It comes as police vowed to crack down on those who flout the lockdown rules. Home Secretary Priti Patel was joined by NPCC chair Martin Hewitt and Dr Vin Diwakar, London’s NHS medical director at Downing Street on Tuesday evening, outlining the plans in place. After announcing that nearly 45,000 fines have been issued across the UK, the public were urged to comply with restrictions in a bid to halt the spread of the disease. While Mr Hewitt confirmed that more officers will be out on dedicated patrols ready to take action against "the small few who are letting us all down". He revealed some of the worst cases of rule breaking - including a boat party with more than 40 people who paid £30 for tickets and also a minibus full of people who were travelling from Cheltenham to Wales for a walk. While a 19-year-old in Bristol was arrested after police found an advert for an illegal rave on social media. Officers stopped the rave and fined 38 people who showed up on the day, he says. Mr Hewitt warned that police "will not linger on encouragement for those choosing to break the rules." The warning from police chiefs come as many major supermarkets in the UK revealed they would also be clamping down on those who don't follow the rules when shopping.
. Scroll down for live updates throughout the day.08:12Hospitalisations and deaths should 'drop off sharply' by MarchProfessor Anthony Harnden, deputy chairman of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), told Sky News that measures such as social distancing will be needed “for a while yet”, even among those who have received the jab.“We must be very clear that vaccination will prevent disease in individuals but it may not prevent those individuals from transmission to others,” he said.“So, even though you’ve been vaccinated, you might not be completely protected yourself, you may be in risk of transmitting to others, so I think we will have to use extra precautions in terms of social distancing, wearing masks, for a while yet.”He added: “There is light at the end of the tunnel and certainly by the beginning of March we should see a sharp drop off in hospitalisations and deaths.”08:11'We’re going to do everything we possibly can to give the NHS the support, the resources it needs'Asked if the NHS could end up overwhelmed, Health Secretary Matt Hancock told BBC Breakfast: “We’re going to do everything we possibly can to give the NHS the support, the resources it needs.“That includes, for instance, opening the Nightingale hospitals and the London Nightingale hospital is now receiving patients for the first time since April.”He said sending some patients to hotels was a “further back-up plan” only done if appropriate for the patient but “it’s not something we are actively putting in place”.He said it would be for “step-down” patients only.On vaccinating people 24/7, he said: “We’re absolutely up for doing that if it helps to speed up the vaccination programme.“I can’t see that being the major factor, because most people want to get vaccinated in the daytime, and also most people who are doing the vaccinations want to give them in the daytime, but there may be circumstances in which that would help.“We’re absolutely up for that.”08:04Coronavirus restrictions to remain in place for as 'long as they are necessary'Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said coronavirus lockdown restrictions will remain in place in England for as “long as they are necessary”.Mr Hancock said the vaccination programme was “on track” to deliver the jab to the 14 million most vulnerable people by February 15.However, he told Sky News that it was “impossible to know” when restrictions could be eased.“We will keep the restrictions in place not a moment longer than they are necessary, but we will keep them in place as long as they are necessary,” he said.“These measures that we have got in place that we hope to be able to lift, and we should be able to lift when we have been able to protect through vaccination those who are vulnerable – right now the vaccination is not in a position to do that.”
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