Lockdown live: UK records another 60,916 Covid cases - highest daily total so far

5 January 2021, 13:33 | Updated: 5 January 2021, 20:51

By Patrick Grafton-Green

The UK has recorded its highest ever daily total of coronavirus cases, with more than 60,000 people testing positive in 24 hours for the first time.

The figures came as the Prime Minister told a Downing Street press conference that 1.3 million people across the UK have been given the Covid vaccine so far.

It was also revealed that more than one million people are currently infected with the virus in England - around one in 50.

The country entered a third national lockdown on Tuesday, with schools closed and the public urged to stay at home.

Earlier, Chancellor Rishi Sunak revealed that businesses are to receive a one-off grant worth up to £9,000 as part of a £4.6 billion support package during this lockdown.

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