UK coronavirus hospital death toll rises by 10 taking total to 33,887

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The UK’s coronavirus hospital death toll has increased by 10 – taking the total to 33,887.

Yesterday, the increase in hospital deaths marked the lowest Sunday since lockdown began – with nine deaths recorded in England and one in Wales.

The total number of deaths in all settings was 14 yesterday – bringing the total number of UK deaths to 45,752.

The latest figures come after millions of Brit will be made to quarantine after returning to the UK from Spain.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said the Government will not apologise for the U-turn decision.

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Mr Raab added he could not rule out other countries being axed from the safe list if they suffer outbreaks, saying: “There is an element of uncertainty.”

The Government’s decision was further mired in confusion after it emerged quarantine rules would also apply to the Canary Islands and Balearics, which have lower infection rates. The islands, which are hundreds of miles away from outbreaks on the mainland, also still have “travel corridors” in place with the UK.

Labour  blasted the “shambolic” handling of the decision saying it had left hundreds of thousands of holidaymakers “confused and distressed”.

Changes to the quarantine rules come after a World Health Organisation (WHO) expert warned a coronavirus vaccine will not be available before the end of the year.

There were hopes in Britain that a Covid-19 vaccine being developed by researchers at the University of Oxford could be ready by Christmas as the disease continues to ravage countries such as the US, Mexico and Russia.

Mike Ryan, head of WHO’s emergencies programme, said researchers are making “good progress” in developing vaccines against the virus, and a handful are in late-stage trials.

But their first use cannot be expected until early 2021, the expert said as daily new cases around the globe are at near-record levels.

It came as the UK government said on Thursday it will provide £100 million of funding for a facility to scale up the manufacturing of vaccines for Covid-19.

Mr Ryan said WHO is working to ensure fair vaccine distribution, but in the meantime it is key to suppress the virus’s spread.

“We’re making good progress,” he said, noting that several vaccines were now in phase 3 trials and none had failed, so far, in terms of safety or ability to generate an immune response.

Speaking at a public event shown live on social media, he added: “Realistically it is going to be the first part of next year before we start seeing people getting vaccinated.”

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