Daily UK Covid deaths at highest for more than five months as 367 people die

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THE UK is facing its highest coronavirus death toll since May 9 after 367 people lost their lives to the virus.

Another 22,885 people have also tested positive for Covid overnight as the country battles a second surge.

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Shoppers in Nottingham make the most of their high street before the region goes into a tier three lockdown later this week

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Shoppers in Nottingham make the most of their high street before the region goes into a tier three lockdown later this week

Scientists test Covid samples in Scotland, where 25 more people have died

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Scientists test Covid samples in Scotland, where 25 more people have died Credit: PA:Press Association

Today's deaths figure means, on average, 200 coronavirus deaths have been reported every day in the UK over the last week.

A further 207 people died in hospitals in England.

Patients were between 36 and 101, and all but six, who were aged 60 to 93, had known underlying health conditions.

Deaths were up across all regions, with 77 people losing their lives to the virus in the north-west, 44 in the north-east and Yorkshire, 26 in the Midlands, 17 in London and the east, and 13 in both the south-east and south-west.

In Scotland, where a new five-stage lockdown plan has been revealed, 1,327 new cases were recorded, and 25 more people died.

And in Wales, which is on the fourth full day of a national firebreak lockdown, 1,207 people have tested positive overnight - and seven more have died with the virus.

It comes as:

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Leaders in West Yorkshire are in talks with the Government over whether it'll soon go into a strict new tier three lockdown.

So far Greater Manchester, South Yorkshire, Lancashire, Liverpool City region, Warrington, Nottingham and parts of Nottinghamshire have all been pushed into the highest level of Covid restrictions.

It means people are banned from mixing between households in most outdoor settings.

Some two million people live in the region.

The crucial coronavirus R rate is still above one in every area of England

The crucial coronavirus R rate is still above one in every area of England

Nottingham will move into tier three coronavirus restrictions on Thursday

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Nottingham will move into tier three coronavirus restrictions on Thursday

Manchester is already in tier three. Under the law, pubs and bars can open as long as they're serving 'significant' meals

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Manchester is already in tier three. Under the law, pubs and bars can open as long as they're serving 'significant' mealsCredit: Splash News

As strict as rules are for around 50 per cent of Brits, Boris Johnson and Matt Hancock yesterday refused to deny Britain could face an extra tier four of coronavirus restrictions.

It was reported over the weekend that an extra tier on top of the current tier three measures may be introduced if the new rules fail to bring down infections enough.

When asked about the possibility of a further tier, the PM said: "We are working at the moment through the tier three strategy."

Meanwhile, millions of Brits have been warned they're still at risk of catching coronavirus - even if they've already had it.

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