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Published on November 27, 2020 12:17 AM


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There have been more than 1.4 million confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK and more than 54,000 people have died, government figures show.

However, these figures include only people who have died within 28 days of testing positive for coronavirus and other measures suggest the number of deaths is higher.

Note: Total case numbers in some areas may have dropped between 15 and 16 Nov. This is due to Public Health England reallocating some cases to different local authority areas. Dr Yvonne Doyle, Medical Director at Public Health England, said: "This better reflects the distribution of positive cases in recent weeks and months, particularly among younger people of university age who may not have yet registered with a GP at their term-time address."

New cases 'flattening' After the first peak in April, cases started rising in the UK again in July, with the rate of growth increasing sharply in September and October.

On Friday, the Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the latest figures suggested that "the second peak is flattening".

It is thought the infection rate was much higher during the first peak in spring, but testing capacity at the time was too limited to detect the true number of daily cases.

On Friday, the government announced a further 20,252 confirmed cases.

The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), which is tracking Covid-19 in the community, also suggest that infections have levelled off in recent weeks.

Approximately one in 80 people in homes in England had coronavirus in the week ending 14 November, according to the ONS. That's about 665,000 people and slightly up on the previous week.

In Wales, about one in 165 (18,400 people) had the virus during the same time period, while in Northern Ireland rates are thought to be decreasing at around one in 135 people (about 13,600 people). In Scotland, the figure was one in 155 having the virus (about 34,000 people).

Case numbers show the South East, East of England and the North East have seen the highest increases in the last few weeks.

Daily deaths have risen again Deaths rose in September, October and early November.

On Friday, the government reported 511 new deaths.

Of these, 436 deaths were in England, 32 in Scotland, 31 in Wales and 12 in Northern Ireland.